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CHAPTER 




BROCK 

UNIVERSITY 

LIBRARY 



From the 
Masonic Library 

of 
Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 
August 1988 



° LIBRARY 
BROCK UNIVERSITY 



Proceedings of 

GRAND CHAPTER 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 

NINETY-FIRST 

ANNUAL CONVOCATION 



A.D. 
1949 




A. Inv. 

2479 



Held in the Masonic Temple, 1 1 1 Metcalfe Street 



OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA 

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, APRIL 27 and 28 

A.D. 1949, A. Inv. 2479 

(Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved) 



CLARENCE MacLEOD PITTS 

GRAND Z 

OTTAWA - ONTARIO 



EDWIN SMITH 

GRAND SCRIBE E 

LONDON - ONTARIO 



CLARENCE MacLEOD PITTS 

Grand First Principal Z. 

Most Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts was born May 5, 1894, at Frederic- 
ton, New Brunswick, the son of Herman H. Pitts and Alexandria Stirling 
MacLeod. He moved to Ottawa in the year 1903. He received his early education 
at the Fredericton Model and the Ottawa Public Schools. He attended the 
Ottawa Lisgar Collegiate Institute and McGill University, Montreal, from which 
he graduated in 1914 with the degree of B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. Companion 
Pitts was married to Elsie Georgina King in 1933. 

He had an active association in all branches of the Presbyterian Church in 
Canada, including the local Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly, a member 
of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Representative Elder, and Sunday 
School Superintendent for twenty-three years. He is Chairman of the Pension 
Board of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and a Past Chairman of the 
General Board of Administration, as well as a member of several other Boards 
and Committees. 

In Civic life he is Chairman of the Trustees of the Ottawa Charitable 
Foundation. 

Having graduated in Engineering, he practised his profession on construction 
works in Montreal, Que., Halifax, N.S., and Hawkesbury, Ontario. 

Later he joined with his father in the operation of several companies, but 
chiefly the People's Gas Supply Co. Limited, Ottawa, manufacturing and dis- 
tributing compressed gases, welding equipment and supplies, of which com- 
pany he is now President and General Manager. 

During the First Great War, he was attached to the 2nd Battery, C.F.A., 
and attended the Royal School of Artillery, Halifax, and later joining the 10th 
Siege Battery, C.E.F., stationed at Halifax, with the rank of Lieutenant. 
MASONIC 

He was Initiated, passed and raised in Hawkesbury Lodge No. 450 in the 
year 1917, affiliating with Dalhousie Lodge No. 52, Ottawa, in 1920, was the 
Worshipful Master for two years, 1928-1929, and 1939-1940, and was D.D.G.M. 
of Ottawa District 1940-1941. He has been a member of the Board of General 
Purposes of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario for the 
past six years, Chairman of the Committee on Paternal Dead for three years, 
and Chairman of the Committee on the Condition of Masonry for two years. 
He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of the State of Nebraska 
near the Grand Lodge of Canada. 

He was exalted in Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Royal Arch Masons, in 1929, 
and was their First Principal Z. in 1943; elected as Grand Scribe N. of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in 1944, elected Grand Third Principal 
J. in 1945 - 1946, Grand Second Principal H. in 1947 - 1948, and finally elected 
Grand First Principal Z. in 1949. He is the Grand Representative of the Grand 
Chapter of Nova Scotia, near the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

He is a life member of Ottawa Lodge of Perfection, of Murray Sovereign 
Chapter of Rose Croix, of Moore Consistory, Hamilton, Ontario, and Active 
Member of The Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of 
Freemasonry for the Dominion of Canada; Grand Marshall of the Supreme 
Council and Chairman on the General State of the Rite; a member of the 
Royal Order of Scotland; a member of the Order of High Priesthood of Ontario, 
Ottawa Preceptory No. 32, and Presiding Preceptor in 1946; Holyland Conclave 
No. 3, Toronto, Ontario, of the Masonic and Militarv Order of Knights of the 
Red Cross of Constantine, K.H.S., and St. John the Evangelist. 
OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES 

Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario; Past Chairman, Ottawa 
Branch Engineering Institute of Canada; Director, International Acetylene 
Association, U.S.A. and Canada; Past President, Compressed Gas Association Inc.; 
Canadian Chamber of Commerce; Ottawa Board of Trade; Canadian Manu- 
facturers' Association; National Fire Protection Association; Executive Member 
of the Canadian General Council Boy Scouts Association, also a member of 
Provincial Council of Ontario, and the Ottawa District Council. 
CLUBS 

A member of Rivermead Golf Club, Ottawa. Ontario; Seigniory Club, 
P.Q.; Scottish Rite Club of Hamilton, Ontario; and Chemists Club, New York. 
Most Ex. Comp. Pitts assumes the Presiding Officer's chair with a great 
Masonic knowledge and experience as an Executive Officer. 




CLARENCE MacLEOD PITTS 

Ottawa - Ontario 

Most Excellent Grand Z. 

1949 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA, WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
SECOND STREET SOUTH KENORA, ONTARIO, ON TUESDAY, THE 
THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF AUGUST, AD. 1948, A. INV, 2478. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Z\ r , 

Ex. Comp. W. H. Gardner as Grand H > „ .. 

Ex. Comp. John Allan as Grand J j Counal 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

Ex. Comp. R. J. Whittaker as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. S. Galloway as Grand Treasurer 

Ex. Comp, J. H. Colbert as Grand Prin. Sojourner. 

Ex. Comp. T. Hutton as Grand Sen. Sojourner. 

Ex. Comp. E. Sutton as Grand Jun. Sojourner. 

V. Ex. Comp. P. E. Baker as Grand Organist. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles % Fotheringham Grand Superintendent. 

Algoma Dist. No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. R. Routley P. G. Superintendent. 

Algoma Dist. No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. J. McKenzie P. G. Superintendent. 

Algoma Dist. No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. C. E. Letman P. G. Superintendent. 

Algoma Dist. No. 1.4 

V. Ex. Comp. P. M. Sanderson ..as Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Ex. Comp. J. Miller as Grand Outer Guard. 

and the following assisting: — 
Ex. Comp. A. G. Brown, 
Ex. Comp. H. H. Speight, 
Ex. Comp. R. Clark, 
Comp. E. Willis, 
Comp. A. Blake, 
Comp. E. A. Kelly, 
Comp. J. R. Lett. 
Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.40 o'clock p.m., when the 
Grand Eirst Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called 
for the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Golden Chapter, No. 90, 
G.R.C., Royal Arch Masons of Kenora, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded, the Most Excellent, the Grand First Prin- 
cipal closed Grand Chapter at 9.40 p.m. 





Grand Scribe E. 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 



AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA, WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
MILTON, ONTARIO, ON THURSDAY, THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF 
NOVEMBER, A.D. 1948, A. INV. 2478. 






Grand 
Council. 



PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Ed. Brennan as Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M Taylor as Grand 

M Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Rowney as Grand Treasurer. 

R. Ex. Comp. Vy. Rev. Charles MacDonald Grand Chaplain. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Herd Grand Prin. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp Francis H. McNeil Grand Sen. Sojourner. 

Ex. Comp. Leslie Colling as 'Grand Jun. Sojourner. 

Ex. Comp. Robt. Boddy as Grand Organist. 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter A. McDougall Grand Superintendent. 

Hamilton Dist. No. 5 
R. Ex. Comp. Robt. Clark as Grand Director of Ceremonies. 

Ex. Comp. Wm. T. Randell as Grand Outer Guard. 

and the following assisting: — 

R. Ex. Comp. Sherman Cooper 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Jarvis 

R. Ex. Comp. M. S. Sprout 

V. Ex. Comp. John Lee 

V. Ex. Comp. Clifford M. Patten 

V. Ex. Comp. L. F. McLaughlin 

V. Ex. Comp. E. T. Spera 

V. Ex. Comp. L. F. McDougal 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.50 o'clock p.m., when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called 
for the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, 
G.R.C. Royal Arch Masons of Milton, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded, the Most Excellent, the Grand First Prin- 
cipal closed Grand Chapter at 10.10 o'clock P.M. 





Grand Scribe E. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 



THE NINETY-FIRST ANNUAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND 
CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA, HELD IN THE 
MASONIC TEMPLE, 111 METCALFE STREET, OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 
ON APRIL 27 AND 28, 1949. 



M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean Grand Z. } 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand H. \ Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand J. j Council. 

PAST GRAND Zs. 



Most Ex. Comps. Edwin Smith, Walter G. Price, George L. Gardiner, Llewellyn 
F. Stephens ? Reginald V. E. Conover, and Roderick B. Dargavel. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Garnet Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

V. Ex. Comp. W. R. Ledger as Asst. Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. George Lawrence Gardiner Grand Historian 

R. Ex. Comp. V. Rev. Charles H. MacDonald Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Bemister Parker, M.D. Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Kerr Herd Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Sydney G. Newdick as Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles Ralph Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Sherman Cooper Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

V. Ex. Comp. Rev. James Arnold Playton Asst. Grand Chaplain 

V. Ex. Comp. Col. Lome Talbot McLaughlin Grand Sword Bearer 

V. Ex. Comp. Leslie Vernon Wood Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Barclay Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold Perkins Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Fotheringham Grand Organist 

V 7 . Ex. Comp. Edward Thornton Spera Grand Pursuivant 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. Alvin Ross Bourne St. Clair District, No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. George Thomas Edward Martin London " " 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Jay Leslie Churchill Wilson " " 3 

R. Ex. Comp. James Allan Robertson Wellington " " 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter Angus MacDougall Hamilton " " 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Dalton LeRoy Reid Huron " " 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis Niagara *' " 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle Toronto East " " 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles William Emmett Toronto West " " 8a 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Clowes Irwin Georgian " " 9 

R. Ex. Comp. William Carman Blackwell, M.D., Ontario " " 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Anthony Elias Holmes Prince Edward " "11 

R. Ex. Comp. James Neil MacMillan St. Lawrence " " 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Morton Webster Rogers Ottawa " "13 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Algoma " " 14 

R. Ex. Comp. William Robertson Stewart New Ontario " " 15 

R. Ex. Comp. George Edward McKelvie Temiskaming " " 10 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
GRAND CHAPTER OPENED 



A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by 
their qualified officers, the Ninety-first Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened in 
Ample Form at ten o'clock a.m. 



DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 

The following distinguished guests were introduced by the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. L. V. Wood: 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec: Most 
Ex. Comp. Norman D. Hill, Grand Z.; Most Ex. Comp. Arthur J. 
Osgood, I.P.G.Z., and Grand Representative of Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada near the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Quebec; Most Ex. Comp. Walter W. Williamson, 
P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E. 

Most Excellent Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Connecti- 
cut: Most Ex. Comp. Herbert R. Trolle, Grand High Priest; Most 
Ex. Comp. Bertram F. Bruce, Past Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Illinois: Most Ex. 
Comp. Walter W. Taylor, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Iowa: 
Most Ex. Comp. Dr. George E. Sanders, Past Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Maine, Royal Arch Masons: Most Ex. Comp. 
Reginald F. Berry, Past Grand High Priest. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts: Most Ex. Comp. 
William F. Clark, Grand High Priest; Most Ex. Comp. George W. 
Long, Past Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan: Most Ex. 
Comp. Arthur M. Burke, Grand High Priest, and Grand Represent- 
ative of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada near 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan; Most Ex. 
Comp. John H. Chalmers, Past Grand High Priest. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 7 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, State of New Hampshire: 
Right Ex. Comp. Alfred H. White, Deputy Grand High Priest, re- 
presenting Most Ex. Comp. E. L. Getchell, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey: Most Ex. 
Comp. I. Lathrop Allen, Past Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch 
Masons: Most Ex. Comp. Charles Samson, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio: 
Most Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, Past Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania: Most 
Ex. Comp. Arthur L. Miller, Grand High Priest; Right Ex. Comp. 
John C. F. Kitselman, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Vermont, Royal Arch Masons: Most Ex. 
Comp. Harry B. Springstead, Past Grand High Priest; Right Ex. 
Comp. John Spargo, Past High Priest and Grand Chaplain. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia: Most Ex. 
Comp. Charles M. Flintoff, Grand High Priest; Most Ex. Comp. Dan 
P. Sigourney, Past Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, State of Wisconsin: 
Right Ex. Comp. Oscar E. Peterson, Grand Representative of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada, near the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Wisconsin. 

The General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons: Most Ex. 
Comp. Earl E. Dusenbery, General Grand High Priest. 

Very Ex. Comp. Canon L. F. Crothers, Hull, Quebec, Past As- 
sistant Grand Chaplain Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada, and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Province of 
Quebec, A.F. & A.M. 

Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Ontario: Most 
111. Comp. and R. Ex. Comp. Thomas S. Westcott, Grand Master. 

The Order of High Priesthood of Ontario: Right Ex. Comp. 
Rev. A. S. H. Cree, President. 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, of the United Orders 
of the Temple and Malta: Right Em. Sir Knight and R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred G. Smith, Representing Most Eminent Sir Knight Dr. Ben- 
jamin S. Bailey, Grand Master. 



8 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite 
of Freemasonry for the Dominion of Canada: Comp. George Ross, 
Sovereign Grand Commander. 

Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario: Most Wor. Bro. and Comp. T. H. Simp- 
son, K.C., Grand Master; Right Wor. Bro. and Comp. Ewart Dixon, 
Grand Secretary. 

Grand Honours were then accorded. 

The delegates joined in singing the Hymn— 

"O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST," 
The Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Very Rev. Charles H. Mac- 
Donald, offered the Invocation: 

INVOCATION 

O Thou great eternal God, who art holy, almighty and merci- 
ful, the same yesterday, to-day and forever, Maker of all things by 
Thy power, Ruler of all things by Thy wisdom, grant us Thy bless- 
ing as we assemble here in Convocation. We humbly beseech Thee 
to bestow upon us wisdom from on high to direct us. In Thy light 
may we see light and in Thy strength may we be made strong. May 
Thine in-dwelling Spirit cleanse these hearts of ours and make them 
fit habitations for Thy divine Majesty. 

Eternal Pity have mercy upon us: 

Eternal Wisdom scatter the darkness of our ignorance: 

Eternal Light shine into our hearts: 

Eternal Goodness deliver us from evil: 

Eternal Power be our support. 
Guide us while we are gathered here in Thy name and, when we 
return to our homes and take up our common tasks, help us by Thy 
grace to glorify Thee forevermore. 

The delegates then joined in singing the National Anthems: 
"GOD SAVE THE KING" 
and 
"THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER" 

ADDRESS OF WELCOME 

Most Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, on behalf of Most Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. Dean and The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada, extended the following welcome: 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 9 

It is needless I am sure for me to say that I am proud and happy to again 
be the medium through which a cordial greeting and a warm fraternal and 
neighbourly welcome is extended to those distinguished craftsmen who honour 
us by then presence this morning. 

We meet in the beautiful city of Ottawa, the capital of our Dominion, and 
within the very shadows of the House of Parliament. As Canadians we should 
be less than human were we to agree with all the legislation enacted within the 
walls of these historic buildings. Quite properly we reserve the right to agree 
or disagree with all of the decisions, policies and enactments of the administra- 
tion which for the time being is in power, yet unlike those unhappy people in 
many European countries, we periodically are given the opportunity of freely 
expressing our approval or disapproval of the acts of that party, which by reason 
of the people's mandate is vested with the government of this country. Down 
through the ringing grooves of time this right has been vouchsafed to us, a free de- 
mocratic people. This right comes to us from the dim and distant past as a herit- 
age from those pioneers who laid securely the foundation upon which has been 
raised a democracy for a freedom-loving people. Regardless of our personal 
political affiliations, we as Canadians are proud of the city of Ottawa, proud 
of Canada's position in world affairs, and while we glory in past achievements, 
our eyes are turned to the horizon beyond which we hope to find the pot of 
gold, which will ultimately bring peace and contentment not alone to our people 
but to all mankind. 

With no desire to disturb the peace, happiness and companionship of this 
gathering this bright spring morning, I am constrained to say that world con- 
ditions have shown little improvement from those which confronted us one year 
ago. Perhaps there is less talk of a physical war, but the cold war of nerves, 
industrial and social unrest and fear of the future still face free men everywhere, 
while those unfortunates of war-stricken and enslaved countries continue to 
grope in the darkness for some relief from poverty, hunger, disease and oppres- 
sion. I am of the opinion that the people of the democratic countries today 
face the greatest challenge and possibly the greatest opportunity in all history. 
It would not be difficult to enlarge on this thought, but I must content myself 
by saying as we stand at the cross-roads, there are those who ponder the question 
shall we turn right or left, right toward democracy, peace and the "Great I Am,'' 
or left toward a drastic change in our way of life, continued strife and unrest and 
a Godless society. The challenge is clear, the opportunity stands forth to be 
seized or ignored. 

But enough of these worrisome thoughts, let us rather seek the silverlining 
and take comfort in the sentiment of the old familiar ballad: 

Oh! dry those tears and calm those fears, 
Life is not made for sorrow, 
T'will come alas, but soon will pass, 
Clouds will be sunshine tomorrow. 

It is indeed a real pleasure to again greet our neighbours from south of the 
border. What a treat to meet old friends and establish new friendships among 
our Companions from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hamp- 
shire, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin and M. Ex. Comp. Earl 
E. Dusenbery, representing the General Grand Chapter. 

As I gaze upon Old Glory and the Union Jack, I am reminded that together 
they stand as the united symbol of freedom and our democratic way of life. The 
grand old Union Jack although metaphorically speaking may be battle-scarred, 
tattered and torn, still floats proudly as an emblem, not only of Canada and 



10 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

other commonwealth countries, but of those indomitable people of the Mother- 
land, who may temporarily be down but definitely are not out. 

We people of the United States and Canada have much in common, our 
hearts beat in unison, socially and industrially our objectives are almost identi- 
cal and our friendship has been built upon a solid, and I trust time-resisting 
foundation. 

May your sojourn among us be as pleasant to you as we know it will be 
profitable to us. 

And now a word of welcome to our Masonic Kinsmen of the Sister Province 
of Quebec, historic old Quebec with its wealth of historical events and its lengthy 
train of tradition. 

A reception to these Companions is like greeting the family in a home-com- 
ing. We are proud to have with us M. Ex. Comp. Norman D. Hill, Grand Z, 
M. Ex. Comp. Arthur J. Osgood, I.P.G.Z. and that perennial visitor, our very dear 
friend M. Ex. Comp. Walter Williamson, the Grand Scribe E. I also desire 
to include in this reception V. Ex. Comp. Crothers, who is the present incumbent 
of the office of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Quebec. 

I am sure that it is unnecesary to say that no convocation of our Grand 
Chapter could possibly be complete without our friends from Quebec. May I 
say to them your attendance gives us pleasure and our welcome is hearty and 
sincere. 

It is at once a pleasure and a delight to have with us today leaders of the other 
branches of Masonry,— The militant Knights Templar, the Order of High 
Priesthood, Royal and Select Masters and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish 
Rite. Masonry in its various branches has a common objective, the developing 
of human character and the rendering of service where most it is needed. There 
is work aplenty for all in the vineyards of humanity, and each branch of this 
ancient and honorable society is endeavouring to meet its obligations and prove 
to the outer World that Masonry in all its ramifications stands for all that is 
best, and in these days offers the type of leadership that is of paramount im- 
portance if we are to successfully cope with the problems of our social and econ- 
omic life. Your welcome to this Grand Chapter is at once full and sincere. 

As usual I have reserved the place of honor for the Most Worshipful, the 
Grand Master, M. Wor. Bro. Simpson. We are proud to extend to you personallv 
our most loyal greetings. That you have accepted our invitation to be present is 
the best evidence of your personal interest in the Royal Craft. While today as 
Royal Arch Masons, we labor in the quarries of the Capitular craft, we are not 
unmindful of the duty we owe to Symbolic Masonry, which provides the founda- 
tion of our whole structure. We agree that to merit respect as a Royal Arch 
Mason, we must first be true to the Craft Lodge and Craftsmen who fail in their 
duty to their Mother Lodge are unworthy to be advanced in the realm of 
Masonry. 

Again may I tender to you a sincere welcome and I should indeed be derelict 
in my duty were I to fail to make reference to the presence of our Grand Secre- 
tary, R. Wor. Bro. Ewart Dixon. His regular attendance at our convocations, 
his genial personality and his skill as a Craftsman prompt me to suggest that 
our meetings would indeed be somewhat lacking without his presence. 

Finally my brethren and companions, I tender on behalf of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, a most hearty and fraternal welcome to this 
our Ninety-first annual Convocation. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 11 

MEMORIAL SERVICE 

The Companions joined in singing three verses of "Abide With Me." 
Prayer by the Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Very Rev. Charles H. 
MacDonald: 

Almighty and Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, who lovest us with an 
everlasting love and canst turn the shadow of death into the morning. Help us 
now to wait upon Thee with reverent and submissive hearts. We praise and bless 
Thee for all who have witnessed a good confession of their faith and who lived 
not selfishly but for others, who laboured and suffered for freedom, honour 
justice and truth, and who by their charity and sacrifice have lightened the 
burdens of the heavy-laden and brought light into the dark places of earth. 

Almighty God, to whom no prayer is offered in vain, speak to us thy word of 
consolation as we remember those our dear companions who have been called to 
their eternal Home. Grant that this separation from those with whom we have 
laboured here may unite us more closely to Thee, that in doing Tlry will we 
may know Thy righteousness and mercy. 

O God, who dost continue to us the solemn trust of life, forgive our past un- 
faithfulness and teach us to remember Thee from whom we come and to whom 
we go. Help us to live in faith and hope that when the shadows lengthen and 
the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and our work is done we may 
be prepared to meet Thee our God. Grant to us at the last an abundant en- 
trance into Thine everlasting Kingdom, where we shall ever unite in praising 
Thee, ascribing glory, honour and power unto Thee the Great Jehovah world 
without end.— Amen. 

"Crossing the Bar" was sung by Comp. George T. Greene. 
One minute silence was then observed. 

PRESENTATION OF LIVING PAST GRAND Zs. 

The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, requested the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. Leslie V. Wood, to 
present the living Past Grand Zs. The following were present: 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Z., 1028-1929. 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S., Grand Z., 1930-1931. 
M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, Grand Z., 1935-1936. 
M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C., Grand Z., 1939-1940-1942. 
M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941. 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, K.C., Grand Z., 1943-1944. 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reginald V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z, 1945-1946. 

Most Ex. Comp. Dean extended a welcome, after which Grand 
Honours were accorded and the welcome was acknowledged by Most 
Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel. 

OTTAWA DISTRICT EXTENDS WELCOME 

To The Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

"It is a high honour and a great privilege that we, The Excellent First Prin- 
cipals, on behalf of the Chapters of Ottawa District No. 13, extend a most sincere 
and hearty welcome to this, the 91st Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter 



12 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

of Canada. It is more than twenty-five years since this District had the pleasure 
of being hosts to this Grand Chapter, and it is our fond hope that the represent- 
tatives of the several Royal Arch Chapters in the Province of Ontario, and our 
distinguished guests from other Grand Chapters in Canada, and also those who 
have come as guests to this Grand Convocation from the Grand Jurisdictions 
in the United States, will find the arrangements made for their comfort and 
entertainment entirely adequate. 

We wish to express to you, Most Excellent Companion Frederick William 
Dean, our deep appreciation and admiration for the splendid contribution you 
have made to Capitular Masonry during ycur term of office and your long and 
enthusiastic service to the Royal Craft. \ou have given the type of leadership 
that has greatly enhanced the reputation of our Order. The knowledge and ex- 
perience you have derived from your many contacts in Craft, and other branches 
of Masonic endeavour, your outstanding devotion and service to your Church 
and Community, your high position of trust in the commercial and industrial life 
of our country, all have contributed to your eminent fitness, and to your high 
sense of responsibility, as well as to the outstanding success with which you have 
directed the affairs of our Royal Craft. We, in the Ottawa District are indeed 
greatly in your debt, for during your term of office you have found it possible 
to pay three visits to this district. It was with genuine sorrow that we learned of 
your illness, but we rejoice that the Grand Geometrician has seen fit to restore 
you to health again, and our prayers are that you will be long spared to continue 
your splendid contribution to the progress of Royal Arch Masonry. 

To the many Distinguished Guests from Sister Grand Chapters, and more 
especially those representatives who have come from the Grand Chapters in the 
United States, is extended a most cordial welcome. In these days of International 
discord, we set an example to all mankind when brethren and companions 
from different nations can assemble in a Grand Convocation which has only the 
love of God and the welfare of man as its object. 

Our committee of Arrangements has attempted to make your visit to Ottawa 
a pleasant one. This is the first occasion in many years when our ladies have 
been invited to be with us at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada, and a special programme has been prepared for them. We would urge 
everyone to take full advantage of the activities provided. We believe that the 
deliberations of this Grand Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Canada will 
not only be of great benefit to the Royal Craft, but will spread those truly mas- 
onic virtues of brotherly love, relief and tiuth." 

Signed on behalf of the Royal Arch Chapters of Ottawa District, No. 13. 
Ex. Comp. A. B. Casselman, Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa 
Ex. Comp. M. Pilkey, Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte 
Ex. Comp. H. V. Hohs, Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew 
Ex. Comp. J. J. Illingsworth, Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place 
Ex. Comp. J. J. Carpenter, St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls 
Ex. Comp. H. A. Wilkes, Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville 
Ex. Comp. D. S. McPhee, St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill 
Ex. Comp. R. W. Duff, Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke 
Ex. Comp. F. Mcintosh Cass, Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell 
Ex. Comp. C. W. Mcintosh, Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa 
Ex. Comp. W. M. Rogers, Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth 
Ex. Comp. M. S. Tripp, Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior 
R. Ex. Comp. M. W. Rogers, Grand Superintendent, Ottawa District, No. 13. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 13 

Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, acknowledged the welcome from 
Ottawa District, No. 13, and assured R. Ex. Comp. M. W. Rogers 
and Ex. Comp. Rev. Archie B. Casselman, First Principal of Carle- 
ton Chapter, No. 16. of his sincere appreciation of their greetings. 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS WELCOME 

Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, announced: — 
"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly vouch- 
ed for, will be made welcome during the Convocation." 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES, 1948 

Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith moved, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
C. M. Pitts, and- 

.. Resolved,— "That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, held 
Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29, 1948, have been printed and copies 
thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the recorded Minutes be 
considered as read, and the same is now confirmed." 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resolved,— "That the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation be chang- 
ed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON WARRANTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee on Warrants desire to report that Golden Star 
Chapter, U.D., at Dryden, Ontario, was instituted March 15, 1948, 
with 16 petitioners. On December 31, 1948, they had a membership 
of 75. 

The Grand Superintendent of Algoma District, No. 14, in which 
this Chapter is located, reports that the officers of the Chapter are 
capable of performing their duties, that the books and records are 
regularly kept, that they have the proper regalia and equipment 
for the conferring of the Capitular Degrees, and recommends that 
they should receive their Warrant at the Annual Convocation. 

Your Committee therefore recommends that a Warrant be 
granted to: — 

Golden Star Chapter, No. 254, at Dryden, Ontario. 

Fraternally submitted, ' 

N. M. SPRAGUE, 
Chairman, Committee on Warrants. 



14 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

It is moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and seconded by R. 

Ex. Comp. N. M. Sprague, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Warrants be received and 
adopted. 

COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Powers, Chairman of the Credentials 
Committee, reported that there are 153 Warranted Chapters on 
the Roll of Grand Chapter, of which 125 Chapters were represented 
by the following:— 

No. 1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston. 

T. N. Clarke, P.Z. (Proxy) ; H. F. Thomson, L.N. Armstrong, E. Harris, 

H. J. Milne, P.Zs. 
No. 2 The Hiram, Hamilton. 

P. A. MacDougall, P.Z. 
No. 3 St. John's, London. 

J. Pearson, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 4 St. Andrew and St. John, Toronto. 

R. McElhinney, P.Z. (Proxy) ; A. H. Baynes, T. E. Peck, P.Zs. 
No. 5 5/. George's, London 

A. C. Folmer, Z.; W. B. Stothers, H. E. Abell, P.Zs. 
No. 6 St. John's, Hamilton. 

G. W. Britton, P.Z. (Proxy) ; J. E. Grady, P.Z. 
No. 7 The Moira, Belleville. 

Harvey R. Scott, Z.; E. C. \Vood, Robt. E. Houston, P.Zs. 
No. 8 King Solomon's, Toronto. 

Elmer M. Woolcock, P.Z. (Proxy) ; S. N. Francis, F. O. Tidy, P.Zs. 
No. 15 Wawanosh, Sarnia. 

L. W. Harper, Z.; B. O. Glenn, H.; J. H. Teasell, W. T. Crisp, P.Zs. 
No. 16 Carleton, Ottaiua. 

A. B. Casselman, Z.; Wm. H. Wingett, H.; W. J. Neville, J.; C. W. Powers, 

Fergus McDiarmid, C. R. Flatters, L. Gillespie, S. M. Steeves, John 

Middle ton, Fred C. Smith, John Gray, L. F. Crothers, John A. Page, 

John P. Cordukes, L. N. Wadlin, P.Zs. 
No. 18 Oxford, Woodstock. 

Julis Hibner, Z.; W. J. Ratz, P.Z. 
No. 19 Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

Jack S. Pringle, Z. 
No. 20 Mount Horeb, Brantford. 

C. J. Sharpe, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 22 Grenville, Prescott. 

W. V. Richards, Z.; J. E. Williams, E. A. Cook, J. A. Payton, P.Zs. 
No. 23 Ezra, Simcoe. 

H. A. Johnson, P.Z. 
No. 26 St. Mark's, Trenton. 

N. M. Sprague, P.Z. (Proxy) ; J. A. Pow, P.Z. 
No. 27 Manitou, Collingwood. 

V. A. Ellis, Z. 



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No. 29 McCallum, Dunnville 

Wm. A. Farr, Z.; Thomas Camellord, P.Z. 
No. 30 Huron, Goderich. 

Wm. H. Roope, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 31 Prince Edw aid, Picton. 

E. R. Hodgson, Z. 

No. 32 Waterloo, Gait. 

F. R. Lawrence, Z. 

No. 34 Signet, Barrie. 

L. J. Lavir, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 36 Corinthian, Peterboro. 

D. D. Grant, Z.; C. A. Sollitt, R. S. Cotton, J. Dishart, J. E. Girven, 

R. L. Dobbin, P.Zs. 
No. 37 Victoria, Port Hope. 

Carl J. Smith, Z.; Joshua Martin, H.; Geo. N. Taylor, Harold J. C. Beatty, 

Douglas C. Davey, Hector Inch, P.Zs. 
No. 40 Guelph, Guelph. 

J. A. Robertson, P.Z. (Proxy) ; F. Radcliffe, F. Crabtree, G. M. Binks, 

P.Zs. 
No. 44 Mount Sinai, Napanee. 

Basil Vandusen, Z.; A. E. Holmes, A. V. Roy, K. A. Bowen, W. R. 

Thomas, P.Zs. 
No. 45 Excelsior, Colborne. 

Howard Bellamy, Z. 
No. 47 Wellington, Chatham. 

L. H. Veale, P.Z. (Proxy) ; W. C. Lewies, H. Roach, J. M. Reid, P.Zs. 
No. 48 St. John's, Cobourg. 

Sherman W. Cooper, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 54 Palestine, St. Thomas. 

Arthur W. Ney, Z. 
No. 55 Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

A. N. Irvine, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 56 Georgian, Owen Sound. 

Reginald V. Garbutt, Z.; H. C. Irwin, P.Z. 
No. 57 King Hiram, Port Colborne. 

C. F. Rogers, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 59 Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville. 

L. McMullen, H.; H. Acton, F. J. Edwards, H. N. McKenney, P.Zs. 
No. 61 Granite, Almonte. 

G. L. Comba, P.Z. (Proxy) ; E. J. Lee, P.Z. 
No. 62 York, Toronto. 

G. A. Cooper, Z.; S. H. B. Tonkin, F. E. Grose, P.Zs. 
No. 65 St. Paul's, Toronto. 

C. B. Parker, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 66 The Malloch, Seaforth. 

D. L. Reid, H. 

No. 68 Maitland, Kemptville. 

H. D. Hyndman, Z.; E. B. Dangerfield, H.; D. Gillabaugh, C. D. Beckess, 

P.Zs.. 
No. 69 Grimsby, Grimsby. 

Albert Jarvis, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 71 Prince of Wales, Amherstburg. 

R. M. Thistle, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 72 Keystone, Stirling. 

Harry Morrows, Z.; Gordon W. Bailey, J. S. Whitehead, Harper Robbin, 

P.Zs. 



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No. 75 St. Clair, Milton. 

C. W. Clark, Z.; F. Hay ward, J. 
No. 76 Mount Nebo, Niagara Falls. 

J. W. Lyon, Z.; Charles H. Sheppard, G. E. French, J. E. Brant, P.Zs. 
No. 77 Occident, Toronto. 

J. T. Gilchrist, P.Z. (Proxy) ; C. Emmett, S. G. Newdick, S. E. Solley, 

Chas. Clayton, W. Geo. Varty, P.Zs. 
No. 79 Orient, Toronto. 

R. V. Edge, Z.; L. L. Querie, William Scott, P.Zs. 
No. 80 Ark, Windsor. 

F. N. Heuchan, P.Z. (Proxy) ; A. R. Bourne, P.Z. 
No. 81 . Aylmer, Aylmer. 

H. P. Grant, P.Z. 
No. 82 Shuniah, Porth Arthur. 

G. A. Matheson, Z. 

No. 91 Toronto-Antiquity, Toronto. 

C. G. Litherland, J.; Robert Somerville, Donald Calder, Sam Manuel, 

P.Zs. 
No. 94 Midland, Lindsay. 

Albert Rettie, Z.; W. C. Blackwell, M. P. Littner, P.Zs. 
No. 95 Tuscan, Sudbury. 

C. A. Eby, Z.; George Grieve, H.; C. B. Deeks, K. S. Clarke, 

P. A. Coat'es, E. A. Martin, E. T. Querney, G. T. Seeker, Geo. Shute, P.Zs. 
No. 102 Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie. 

J. C. McLean, Z.; Dan McLean, H.; Wm. Shiells, H. W. Walker, 

Duncan Neil, P.Zs. 
No. 103 St. John's, North Bay. 

Geo. L. Henderson, Z.; W. R. Stewart, J. H. Stevenson, W. L. Brown, 

B. F. Nott, B. Branson, P.Zs. 

No. 104 White Oak, Oakville. 

R. M. Smith, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 112 St. John's, Morrisburg. 

C. J. Lazerte, W. C. Davy, F. M. Devaul, P.Zs. 
No. 113 , Covenant, Cornwall. 

Robt. A. Young, Z.; H. E. Meadd, R. M. Armstrong, A. Mitchell, P.Zs. 
No. 114 Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

H. V. Hohs, Z.; J. P. Morrison, J.; T. H. Burguss, W. Guest .P.Zs. 
No. 115 Brant, Paris. 

J. L. Churchill, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 116 Maple, Carleton Place. 

A. J. Illingsworth, Z.; R. C. Wilson, J. M. W. Rofiers, G. G. Dowsdall, 

J. W. Morphy, E. R. Fee, P.Zs. 
No. 117 Kitchener, Kitchener. 

A. C. Mason, P.Z. (Proxy); W. R. Cooper, L. A. Becker. 

G. H. Shannon, P.Zs. 
No. 119 King Cyrus, Leamington. 

A. S. H. Cree, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 130 Chantry, Southampton. 

C. Fotheringham, P.Z. .Proxy) . 
No. 131 Amabel, Wiarton. 

W. H. Work, P.Z. (Proxy); S. E. Foster, Rev. W. Lee, P.Zs. 
No. 132 Leeds, Gananoque. 

W. G. Tryon, Z.; H. McCalpin, J.; J. N. MacMillan, Walden Bcckstcad, 

P.Zs. 



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No. 133 St. Francis, Smiths Falls. 

J. J. Carpenter, Z.; W. M. Veale, J.; W. E. Bennett, A. L. Lang, 

A. L. McGregor, G. A. Phillips, P.Zs. 
No. 138 Shekinah, Toronto. 

Chas. E. Wells, H.; E. A. Snell, P.Z. 
No. 140 Fort William, Fort William. 

Bruce F. Warner, (Proxy) . 
No. 143 Glengarry, Maxville. 

H. A. Wilkes, Z.; C. B. McDermid, H.; R. A. Stewart, P.Z. 
No. 144 PresquTle, Brighton. 

K. D. McQuaid, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 145 The St. Patrick, Toronto. 

T. S. Westcott, P.Z. (Proxy); M. A. Searle, John Anderson, 

W. R. Ledger, E. H. Pratt, W. S. Pomeroy, P.Zs. 
No. 146 Bernard, IJstowel. 

Dr. Fraser Hay, Z. 
No. 147 Lucknow Lucknow. 

J. E. Little, P.Z. (Proxy) ; Chas. H MacDonald, P.Z. 
No. 148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill. 

Dr. D. S. McPhee, Z.; Wm. McCaskill, J.; A. D. McRae, D. A. Irvine, 

G. D. Maclntyre, P.Zs. 
No. 149 Atwood, Rainy River. 

Bruce F. Warner, (Proxy) . 
No. 150 London, London. 

H. A. Steels, J.; G. T. Martin, A. G. N. Bradshaw, P.Zs. 
No. 151 Laurentian, Pembroke. 

Reg. W. Duff, Z.; G. B. Schultz, E. T. Wood, P.Zs. 
No. 152 Alberton, Fort Frances. 

Bruce F. Warner, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 153 Sombra, Wallaceburg. 

J. Burnett, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 154 Klondike, Dawson City. 

Edwin Smith, (Proxy) . 
No. 155 Ancaster } Ancaster. 

M. R. Brown, Z.; J. Butters, P.Z. 
No. 161 Madoc, Madoc. 

D. Kernahan, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 163 The Beaches, Toronto. 

J. A. Parrott, Z.; Geo. L. Gardiner, Harold Perkins, T. J. Mason, P.Zs. 
No. 168 Ionic, Campbellford. 

J. Wilmink, Z., W. Noves, W. H. Brady, R. A. Connor, P.Zs. 
No. 169 Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

G. E. McKelvie, P.Z. 
No. 175 The Hamilton, Hamilton. 

L. F. Stephens, P.Z. (Proxy 1 ); A. P. L. Goering, William Field, 

C. Ralph, D. L. Ewing, F. W. Dean, J. T. Broadbent, P.Zs. 
No. 184 Hugh Murray , Fort Erie N. 

Wm. Rostron, J.; Thos. Jackson, P.Z. 
No. 195 Peel, Brampton. 

Harold Spratt, P.Z. (Proxy) ; R. V. Conover, R. W. Hall, 

O. T. Walker, P.Zs. 
No. 198 Couchiching, Orillia. 

W. Varley, Z.; D. C. Patmore, J. H. Page, P.Zs. 
No. 205 Victoria, Thornhill. 

R. A. Marsh, J.; C. C. Mably, P.Z. 



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No. 210 Kitchener, Russell. 

L. W. Latimer, P.Z. (Proxy); A. Walker, J. E. Kyle, P.Zs. 
No. 212 Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

S. Abrams, Z.; Mark L. Levy, Mort. L. Levy, Dr. Samuel Perlman, P.Zs. 
No. 213 Northern Lights, Timmins. 

E. R. MacElvee, Z. 
No. 214 Vimy, Inwood. 

Gordon Campbell, Z. 
No. 215 Mimico, Mimico. 

T. B. Rogers, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 217 St. Alban's, Toronto. 

J. L. House, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 218 Prince Edward, Shelburne. 

J. A. M. Taylor, P.Z. (Proxy) ; Sam Paterson, P.Z. 
No. 219 Ulster, Toronto. 

J. W. Sheard, Z.; Leslie J. Colling, H.; G. C. Macdonell, J. S. Bremner, 

Henry C. Kesteven, Robert E. Story, David S. MacLachan, J. L. Hewson, 

R. A. Boddy, P.Zs. 
No. 220 Lebanon, Lambton Mills. 

W. J. G. Kirkpatrick, Z. 
No. 222 Ottawa, Ottawa. 

C. W. Mcintosh, Z.; Fred W. Strccms, H.; B. E. Taylor, H. T. C. Hum- 
phries, H. A McKee, E. J. McCleery, G. A. MacLeod, John Anderson, 

C. M. Pitts, J. S. Abernethy, H. E. Reaume, S. F. Smith, P.Zs. 
No. 224 Keystone, Hamilton. 

Robert Clark, P.Z. (Proxy); R. W. Rowney, P.Z. 
No. 225 Beaver, Toronto. 

Richard Wilson, P.Z. (Proxy), J. C. Day, Walter J. Brackner, 

Wm. Pendleton, P.Zs. 
No. 226 Prince of Wales, Perth. 

Wm. M. Rogers, Z.; J. R. Beamer, H.; L. V. Wood, P. O. McLaren, 

J. W. Wilson, John H. Mathers, P.Zs. 
No. 227 Qiiinte Friendship, Belleville. 

E. Lidster, Z.; M. Roy Anderson, Bruce H. Smith, P.Zs. 
No. 230 Port Credit, Port Credit. 

J. McConnell, Z.; Walter G. Price, P.Z. 
No. 231 ' The St. Clair, Toronto. 

James W. Woodland, P.Z. (Proxy) ; Wm. K. Herd, W. G. Davey, P.Zs. 
No. 232 King Cyrus, Toronto. 

E H. Stanners, Z.; K. N. Carrie, C. R. Harris, R. Fick, 

J. A. Marchmont, W. M. Black, P.Zs. 
No. 233 Oakwood, Toronto. 

A. Swain, A. C. Hayward, W. E. Gardner, P.Zs. 
No. 234 Halton, Georgetown. 

E. R. Dron, Z.; T. Wold, E. V. MacCormack, P.Zs. 
No. 235 Aurora, Aurora. 

G. A. C. Gunton, J.; F. D. Lacey, P.Z. 
No. 238 The St. Andrew, London. 

W. Hodge, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 239 Blenheim, Blenheim. 

Lome Powell, Z. 
No. 240 Smithville, Smithville. 

Sam. Magder, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 241 University, Toronto. 

Wm. S. Enouy, P.Z. (Proxy) ; F. A. R. McFadden, P.Z. 



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No. 242 St. Paul's, Lambeth. 

Fred G. Sheppard, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 243 McKay, Stoney Creek. 

E. T. Spera, P.Z. (Proxy); John H. Lee, P.Z. 
No. 245 Preston, Preston. 

L. R. Hertel, Z.; H. G. Nix, C. Schmeidendorf, P.Zs. 
No. 246 Humber, Weston. 

Donald J. McLean. Z.; H. J. C. Rees, H.; R. B. Dargavel, 
E. Lunnon, R. E. Dean, P.Zs. 
No. 247 Nilestown, Nilestown. 

G. Tucker, Z.; H. G. Holmes, H.; L. J. Gent, J.; G. H. Martin, P.Z 
No. 248 Dochert, Amprior. 

A. S. McLaren, G. R. Clark, P.Zs. 
No. 249 Palestine, Bowmanville 

H. Freeman, Z.; H. Ferguson, L. T. McLaughlin,, P.Zs. 
No. 250 Tliomas Peters, Windsor. 

J. W. Dickens, Z. 
No. 251 Kirkland, Kirkland Lake. 

R. Pineger, Z.; A. G. Tipper, P.Z. 
No. 253 Regal, Port Dover. 

Willard Butler, P.Z. 
No. 254 Golden Star, Dryden. 

Arthur R. Arnold, J. 
The following 28 Chapters were not represented: — 
Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ont. 
Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28 ; Oshawa, Ont. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ont. 
Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll, Ont. 
St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys, Ont. 
Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia, Ont. 
Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa, Ont. 
Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, Ont. 
Willson Chapter, No. 64, Welland, Ont. 
Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown, Ont. 
Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston, Ont. 
Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy, Ont. 
Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill, Ont. 
Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ont. 
Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham, Ont. 
MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, Ont. 
Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ont. 
Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth, Ont. 
Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell, Ont. 
King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington, Ont. 
Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge, Ont. 
Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome, Ont. 
Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland, Ont. 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 
Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ont. 
Abitibi Chapter, No. 233, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia, Ont. 
Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia, Ont. 
125 Chapters were represented. 
28 Chapters were not represented. 

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20 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

There were 356 Registered Delegates, having a total vote of G17. 
All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Chas. W. Powers, Chairman. 
John L. House, Vice-Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Chas. W. Powers, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Credentials be received 
and adopted. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 
The Most Excellent, the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe 
E. to call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions, 
when they assembled before the Altar. The following Grand Repre- 
sentatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, Toronto Alabama 

M. " " Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

R. " " A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Arkansas 

R. " " John L. House, Toronto British Columbia 

R. " " Kenneth S. Clarke, Copper Cliff Colorado 

R. " " Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

R. " " Kenneth N. Carrie, Toronto Florida 

R. " " B. F. Nott, North Bay Idaho 

R. " F. A. McDiarmid, Ottawa Iowa 

R. " " Edwin Adams Cook, Prescott Kansas 

R. " " A. P. Goering, Hamilton Kentucky 

R. " " W. Bailie Stothers, London Louisiana 

R. " " Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Maine 

M. " " Fred W. Dean, Hamilton Michigan 

R. " " Sidney F. Smith, Ottawa Mississippi 

R. " " C. W. Powers, Ottawa Montana 

R. " " W. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " N. M. Sprague, Trenton New Hampshire 

M. " " R. B. Dargavel, Toronto North Carolina 

R. " " A. G. Tipper, Kirkland Lake New South Wales 

M. " " Clarence M. Pitts, Ottawa Nova Scotia 

R. " " J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby North Dakota 

M. " " Edwin Smith, London Ohio 

M. " " Llew. F. Stephens. Hamilton Pennsylvania 

M. " " George L. Gardiner, Toronto Quebec 

R. " " Neil A. McEachern, Waterloo Queensland 

R. " " C. Alex. Sollitt, Peterboro Saskatchewan 

R. " " Herb. Thomson, Kingston South Carolina 

R. " " D. C. Patmore, Orillia South Dakota 

R. " " Chas. H. Sheppard, Niagara Falls Vermont 

V. " " Sydney Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " Fred G. Smith, Ottawa Virginia 

M. " " Walter G. Price, Toronto Washington 

R. " " J. W. Woodland, Toronto Wisconsin 

R. " '* Robert Clark, Hamilton Wyoming 

Most Ex. Comp. Dean welcomed them in suitable terms, after 
which R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw acknowledged the welcome 
on behalf of the thirty-five representatives. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 21 

GRAND Z'S ADDRESS 

To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, 
The Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

My Companions: 

The Wheels of Time having made another complete revolu- 
tion and my term of office having drawn to a close, it is my great 
privilege and pleasure to present my report on the activities of the 
past Capitular year in our Grand Jurisdiction, but before proceeding 
to do so, let us, with all reverence and humility, humbly acknowledge 
our debt of gratitude to the Most High. Truly He has blessed us 
and prospered the work of our hands. We acknowledge our duty 
to Him and rejoice in the privilege of a humble part in His service. 

Now thank we all our God, 
With heart, and hands, and voices, 
Who wondrous things hath done, 
In whom His world rejoices; 

The one Eternal God, 

Whom Earth and Heaven adore; 

For thus it was, is now, 

And shall be evermore. 

It must be an inspiration to all of us that this, our 91st Annual 
Convocation, is taking place in our nation's Capital, the City of 
Ottawa, named after the Ottawa River, on which it is situated. 
History informs us that the first white man, the famous Champlain, 
first set foot on the site of Ottawa in 1613, when making a journey 
of discovery up the Ottawa River, believing he had found the way 
to the long-sought Western Sea. The first white settler on the 
Ottawa was Philemon Wright, of Woburn, Mass., who, in the year 
1800, settled where now stands the City of Hull, across the river 
from Ottawa. Apparently, in 1826, the commencement of the build- 
ing of the Rideau Canal, for the purpose of getting British gun- 
boats from the St. Lawrence River into Lake Ontario without 
having to travel through the international section of the St. 
Lawrence River above Cornwall, where they could be attacked by 
guns on the American shore, produced a settlement of workmen 
on the site of what is now the City of Ottawa. When the canal was 
completed five years later, the town of Bytown, of several thousand 



22 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

people, had emerged. In 1854, the town was incorporated and the 
name changed to Ottawa. In 1858, the city, having grown to 20,000 
people, was selected by Queen Victoria as the Capital of Canada, 
which at that time consisted of what are now the Provinces of 
Ontario and Quebec. In 1867, it was made the Capital of the new 
Dominion. 

There are many things to be seen in Ottawa, but perhaps to 
most of the Canadian people, the one of outstanding interest is 
that sacred place, situated in the Peace Tower, known as the 
Memorial Chamber, with its Altar of Remembrance, the nation's 
tribute to its war dead. In this Altar is contained the hand-printed 
Book of Remembrance, containing the names of all the Canadian 
men and women who gave their lives for their country during the 
First World War of 1914—1918. A second book is being prepared to 
contain the names of those who gave their lives in the Second 
World War of 1939—1945. Stone for the floor of the Memorial 
Chamber was brought from those parts of France and Belgium 
where Canadian soldiers fought and died; the marble border was a 
gift from the Belgian government; and the beautiful white stone 
from the Chateau Gaillard was presented by the government of 
France. Great Britain supplied the huge block from which the 
Altar was carved. Years of rare craftsmanship have gone into the 
relief work and carving, which tell the story of Canadian valour 
and sacrifice. 

Let us, who have been privileged to assemble in Ottawa today, 
pause in reverent memory of those brave men and women whose 
supreme sacrifice preserved Freedom upon the Earth and made our 
gathering together possible. May we justify their sacrifice by 
earnestly striving to accomplish the ideals for which they died. 

To all my Companions of our own Grand Jurisdiction who are 
present, especially those who are attending Grand Chapter for 
the first time, I extend greetings and a warm fraternal welcome. May 
our associations during this Convocation be most enjoyable and 
bind us together in true and lasting friendship. 

It is most delightful that our Convocation is graced with the 
presence of so many distinguished guests from Sister Grand Jurisdic- 
tions in Canada and from our great friendly neighbour to the 
South, as well as from other Grand Bodies. To all of them we extend 
a most cordial, sincere and warm welcome. The inspiration of their 
presence will add a great deal to our pleasure and we hope their 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 23 

visit with us will be enjoyed to the full. It has been a privilege for 
me to make many friends in the course of my visits to their Grand 
Jurisdictions and their gracious and courteous hospitality to me 
shall long remain a fragrant memory. The close ties of friendship 
which have bound together our respective Grand Jurisdictions in 
the past are continually being strengthened and our understanding 
and appreciation of each other steadily increased, contributing 
much to good-will and good-neighbourliness, which we trust will 
forever continue. 

Amongst our distinguished guests we are particularly pleased to 
again welcome, in his official capacity, our beloved and highly- 
esteemed Grand Master, Most Worshipful Bro. and Comp. J. 
Hamilton Simpson, and to assure him of the loyalty and affection 
of his Royal Arch Companions in this Grand Jurisdiction. His able 
administration of our Grand Lodge has merited the admiration of 
all Masons. We extend to him our best wishes in the continuation 
of his work. We also warmly welcome R. W. Bro. and Comp. Ewart 
G. Dixon, Grand Secretary, to whom the thanks of our Grand 
Chapter, as well as my own, are extended for many kindnesses and 
courtesies. 

It is again a pleasure to be able to report that peace and 
harmony prevails throughout our Grand Jurisdiction and that 
there has been no change in the harmonious relations which have 
existed with other Grand Jurisdictions and other Masonic bodies 
for so many years. 

While throughout the world, Capitular Masonry is still making 
splendid progress, indications are that the upsurge which followed 
the conclusion of hostilities passed its peak a year ago and the 
"ebb-tide" has set in, even though as yet only slightly perceptible. 
While there are increasing signs of reawakening in war-ridden and 
devastated countries, it cannot be denied that Freemasonry is still 
largely confined to the English-speaking world. 



Necrology 

The passing of another year has inevitably taken its toll of 
many of our Companions who contributed much to Royal Arch 
Masonry and once again, as we pause in loving memory, we are 
reminded of the stern reality of the uncertainty of human life. 



24 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Last year we were able to record that no break had occurred 
in our official family, but during the past year we have not been 
so fortunate. 

The ranks of our Past Grand Zs. have been broken by the 
death, on January 19, 1949, of M. Ex. Comp. Harry Holgate 
Watson, of Vancouver, B.C., who was made an Honorary Past 
Grand Z. of our Grand Chapter in 1909 and was the first Grand Z. 
of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia in 
1919. He was also the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada near the Grand Chapter of British Columbia. 

Royal Arch Masonry in our Yukon District suffered a severe 
loss in the death, on October 11, 1948, of R. Ex. Comp. John R. 
Fraser, our Grand Superintendent of that District, who passed 
away during his term of office. He recently did much to revive 
Klondike Chapter, No. 154, and was active in efforts to establish a 
new Chapter at Whitehorse. A warm personal friendship had grown 
up between us and we were deeply grieved to learn of his death. 

It is with sad hearts that we record the sudden passing, on 
November 21, 1948, of V. Ex. Comp. Alexander MacLeod, who was 
Grand Master of the Fourth Veil, a stalwart, zealous and faithful 
Companion, beloved by all who knew him, and whose kindly pre- 
sence will be greatly missed. Being unable to attend, R. Ex. Comp. 
Chas. W. Emmett, Grand Superintendent, very kindly represented 
me at the funeral. 

On September 9, 1948, R. Ex. Comp. Charles Allen Seager, 
Past Grand Chaplain, Most Reverend Anglican Bishop of Huron 
and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, passed 
to the Grand Chapter above. He was our Grand Chaplain in 1937 
and 1938. Finding it impossible to be present at the funeral, I 
requested M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, P.G.Z. and G.S.E., R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, G. H., and R. Ex. Comp. G. T. Martin, 
Grand Superintendent, to represent me and pay my respects. 

We join with Sister Grand Jurisdictions in mourning the pass- 
ing of many of their Distinguished Companions and share in their 
grief and sorrow. In the Memorial pages of our Proceedings your 
Committee on Fraternal Dead will report in more detail regarding 
the losses sustained by them, as well as in our own Grand 
Jurisdiction. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 25 

During the year we have been called upon to mourn the loss 
of 428 of our Companions who have laid down their working tools 
and "presented their work for inspection". We miss their cheery 
greetings, their warm handclasps and their smiling faces. The 
fragrance of their memory will remain with us as we bow to the 
will of the Almighty and await with patience, trusting with the 
faith of Masons, looking forward to meeting them again in the 
Grand Chapter above. Our sincere sympathy is extended to their 
bereaved loved ones and we join with them in their sorrow. 

One by one we miss the voices 
That we loved so well to hear; 
One by one their kindly faces 
In the darkness disappear. 

No one knows the door that opens 
Through which they pass beyond recall; 
Soft as loosened leaves of roses, 
One by one our loved ones fall. 

As one by one the autumn leaves fade in the forest deep, 
So one by one to each of us must come the touch of sleep. 
As one by one the roses burst into the morning light, 
So one by one our souls shall wake again beyond the night. 

Visitations 

During the second year of my term of office I endeavoured to 
visit in parts of our Grand Jurisdiction not covered in the previous 
year and accepted practically all invitations where duplication 
could be avoided. 

It was a most enjoyable experience to meet with so many of 
my Companions who are largely responsible for the success of 
Royal Arch Masonry. The cordial receptions, generous hospitality 
and delightful friendliness on all occasions has left me many 
pleasant memories. 

During my two years as your Grand Z. I travelled 52,000 miles 
on Grand Chapter business and append the following record for 
the past year: 

Visits to Constituent Chapters 

Date Chapter No. Location Occasion 

1948- 

May 3-Toronto-Antiquity 91 Toronto H.R.A. Degree 

Received Honorary Life Membership 
" 13-Ezra 23 Simcoe H.R.A. Degree 

Presented Jewels 
" 28-Hiram 2 Hamilton M.M.M. Degree 



26 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



June 


10-St. John's 


6 


Hamilton 


H.R.A. Degree 




16— Lebanon 


220 


Lambton Mills 


28th Anniversary 
Presented Jewels 


" 


17-Kitchener 


117 


Kitchener 


Invested V. Ex. Comp. 
George Carthy, G.S. 


" 


18— Prince Edward 


218 


Shelburne 


H.R.A. Degree 


Inly 


17-White Oak 


104 


Oakville 


Reception 


Aug. 


27-Tuscan 


95 


Sudbury 


Visit to New Ontario District 




28— Algonquin 


102 


Sault Ste. Marie Visit to New Ontario District 




30-Golden Star 


U.D. 


Dryden 


Visit to Algoma District 

Received Honorary Life Membership 




31 -Golden 


90 


Kenora 


65th Anniversary 
Dedication of Chapter Room 


Sept. 


1— Alberton 


152 


Fort Frances 


Visit to Algoma District 


" 


2— Atwood 


149 


Rainy River 


Visit to Algoma District 




3-Fort William 


140 


Fort William 


Joint reception with Shuniah Chapter, 
No. 82, Port Arthur 


•• 


9-The St. Clair 


231 


Toronto 


Received Honorary Life Membership 




16- Waterloo 


32 


Gait 


80th Anniversary 
Presented Jewels 




18-The St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


Reception to R. Ex. Comp. M.A. 
Searle, G. Supt. 


" 


22-Prince of Wales 


226 


Perth 


Reception 


" 


29-Couchiching 


198 


Orillia 


Visit to Georgian District 




30— Georgian 


56 


Owen Sound 


75th Anniversary 
Presented Jewels 


Oct. 


1— Lebanon 


84 


Wingham 


Visit to Huron District 
M.M.M. Degree 


" 


4-The Beaches 


163 


Toronto 


Reception 




8-York 


62 


Toronto 


Reception 

Received Honorary Life Membership 


" 


12— St. John's 


103 


North Bay 


Visit to New Ontario District 


" 


13-Pembroke 


58 


Mattawa 


Visit to New Ontario District 




1 4— Temiskaming 


169 


New Liskeard 


Joint reception with Cobalt Chapter, 
No. 203, Cobalt, & Kirkland Chapter, 
No. 251, Kirkland Lake 




15— Northern Lights 


213 


Timmins 


Joint reception with Abitibi Chapter, 
No. 223, Iroquois Falls 


" 


21 -Ark 


80 


Windsor 


Reception 




29-St. John's 


3 


London 


Reception by London District 
Presented Jewels 


Nov. 


1— Keystone 


224 


Hamilton 


M.M.M. Degree 


" 


2-Pentalpha 


28 


Oshawa 


M.M.M. Degree 




6— Carleton 


16 


Ottawa 


H.R.A. Degree 
Presented Jewels 


" 


12-Guelph 


40 


Guelph 


H.R.A. Degree 




16— The Hamilton 


175 


Hamilton 


Grand Chapter Night 
H.R.A. Degree 


" 


18— St. Clair' 


75 


Milton 


Dedication of Chapter Room 




20-The St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


Grand Chapter Night 

H.R.A. Degree 

Received Honorary Life Membership 




24— Covenant 


US 


Cornwall 


Reception 
Presented Jewels 




26— Durham 


221 


Durham 


Reception 
Presented Jewels 


Dec. 


3-Mt. Horeb 


20 


Brant ford 


M.M.M. Degree 
Presented Jewels 


" 


20-Palestine 


249 


Bowmanville 


Reception 


1949 


— 








Jan. 


3— Grimsby 


69 


Grimsby 


Toint Installation with Smithville 
Chapter, No. 240 


" 


5— Mimico 


215 


Mimico 


Installation 


" 


1 0-McKay 


243 


Stoney Creek 


Installation 


" 


13-The St. Clair 


231 


Toronto 


Installation 




14-Occident 


77 


Toronto 


Installation 

Received Honorary Life Membership 


" 


1 7— Toronto-Antiquity 


91 


Toronto 


Installing Z. 


" 


18-The Hamilton 


175 


Hamilton 


Installation 


" 


19-White Oak 


104 


Oakville 


Installation 


•• 


21 -The St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


Installation 


«• 


22-Hiawatha 


252 


Sarnia 


International Night 


" 


26-Willson 


64 


Welland 


School of Instruction— M.E.M. Degree 


" 


27-Ulster 


219 


Toronto 


Installation 


Feb 


. 8-Shekinah 


138 


Toronto 


H.R.A. Degree 
Presented Jewels 


" 


ll-(Ark 


80) Windsor 


Reception by St. Clair District 




(Thomas Peters 


250) 





ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 27 

" 15— King Cyrus 232 Toronto Reception 

Presented Jewels 

Received Honorarv Life Membership 

" 19-The St. Patrick 145 Toronto Reception by Toronto Districts 8 & 8a 

Apr. 8— Victoria 37 Port Hope Reception 

Presented Jewel 

" 14-The St. Clair 231 Toronto M.M.M. Degree 

Visit of Pentalpha Chapter, 
No. 28, Oshawa 

Perhaps I may be pardoned for making special mention of the 
Grand Chapter Night in my own Chapter on November 16, when 
the Grand Council and many other Grand Chapter Officers assisted 
me in conferring the Holy Royal Arch Degree on my son-in-law, 
Comp. Ronald Barty. It was a delightful occasion. 

The International Night arranged by Hiawatha Chapter, No. 
252, Sarnia, held on January 22, was an oustanding event. It was 
an honour to have in attendance the Grand High Priest of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, M. Ex. Comp. 
Arthur M. Burke, who is also a member of Hiawatha Chapter, and 
is the Grand Representative of our Grand Chapter near the Grand 
Chapter of Michigan, accompanied by some 70 of his Michigan 
Companions. 

On the following morning many of us attended the morning 
service of Central United Church, where the Minister, Rev. 
Clayton H. Searle, M.A., B.D., preached one of the finest Masonic 
sermons I have ever listened to, although not yet a Mason, but 
has since become so. 

On Sunday afternoon, on their very kind invitation, I had 
the privilege of addressing the Century Club of Central United 
Church, there being present 100 or more young men from 16 to 25 
years of age. It was a thrilling experience, the memory of which will 
long remain with me. 

The gracious and cordial hospitality of the Officers and Com- 
panions of Hiawatha Chapter, and the good fellowship which pre- 
vails with our Companions of Michigan, made this International 
Night and the following day an outstanding highlight of my term 
of office. 

I cannot refrain from mentioning how pleased I was to find 
that, on many of my visits to the various Chapters, Master Masons 
had been invited to be present and it was a rare privilege to 
address them and endeavour to "dispense light and knowledge". On 
some of these occasions there were 30 or 40 Master Masons in 



28 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

attendance and I am confident the interest shown augurs well for 
the future. Those responsible for the planning of such meetings 
deserve every commendation. 

I strongly recommend that every Chapter hold one meeting a 
year, when Master Masons would be invited to attend, and a speak- 
er tell them of the connection between the Lodge and the Chapter. 
When the newly Raised Master Mason is told that the secrets given 
him are only substitutes, surely the suggestion is there made that 
he should continue his researches until he finds the genuine ones. 

Unfortunately, in February of this year, the necessity for a 
serious operation, requiring me to spend seventeen days in hospital 
and several more weeks convalescing at home, removed me from 
the scene and prevented me from keeping many engagements 
previously planned and looked forward to, which was a keen 
disappointment. 

Visits to Other Grand Jurisdictions 

One of the pleasant privileges which goes with the office of 
your Grand Z. is to visit Sister Grand Jurisdictions. It was not 
possible to accept all the invitations received, but it was my happy 
privilege to represent the Grand Chapter of Canada in response 
to a number of them. The warmth of their welcome, the many 
courtesies extended, and the genuine friendships which have been 
formed by this interchange of visits, cannot help but make one 
feel that beneficial results must flow from them. 

On May 9-11, I attended the 150th Anniversary of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut, at Hartford, being 
most warmly received by their Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. 
Bertram F. Bruce, and extended every courtesy and hospitality. The 
celebration of their Sesqui-Centennial commenced with a Church 
Service Sunday evening, May 9, in Christ Church Cathedral, where 
an eloquent and challenging sermon was delivered by the Very 
Reverend Louis M. Hirshon, D.D., Dean of the Cathedral. The 
auditorium of the Church was filled to capacity. At the Dinner 
on Monday evening, May 10, a very gracious gesture was made 
in my honour by having the quartette sing "O Canada". 

On May 11-12, I was present at the 91st Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey, at Trenton, where 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 29 

I was most cordially received by their Grand High Priest, M. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. I. Lathrop Allen and M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Godfrey Pittis, 
who so capably represents the Grand Chapter of Canada near the 
Grand Chapter of New Jersey, to both of whom I am deeply grateful 
for the many courtesies extended to me. I was greatly impressed 
by the beautiful Masonic Temple at Trenton. Following the Grand 
Chapter Dinner on the evening of May 11, I was privileged to 
attend the Order of High Priesthood, where this beautiful ceremony 
was conferred on 42 candidates in a most impressive manner. 

On May 20-21, it was my great pleasure and privilege to attend 
the 25th Anniversary Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Saskatchewan, at Saskatoon, where the represent- 
ative of the Old Mother Grand Chapter of Canada received a most 
cordial welcome from M. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. E. Nunn, Grand Z. It 
is gratifying to note the splendid progress of Royal Arch Masonry 
in Saskatchewan and it was an honour and privilege to convey the 
greetings and good wishes of the Grand Chapter of Canada. I had 
the pleasure of introducing R. Ex. Comp. John Gray, Treasurer of 
Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, who was attending a meeting of 
the Canadian Legion in Saskatoon. I was also highly honoured by 
being made an Honorary Life Member of the Grand Chapter of 
Saskatchewan, with full privileges, and the rank of a Past Grand 
Z., an honour which I appreciate very much indeed. 

On June 7-8, I attended the 131st Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Vermont Royal Arch Masons, at Burlington, 
being warmly received and extended every kindness and hospitality 
by their Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Harry B. Springstead, a 
member of our own Grand Jurisdiction, and who is also the 
Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada near the Grand 
Chapter of Vermont, and their Grand Secretary, M. Ex. Comp. 
Aaron H. Grout. I was honoured by being introduced by their 
Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. John Spargo, and prize very much 
the warm friendship which now exists between us. 

On September 10-12, on the very kind invitation of M. Ex. 
Comp. Herbert T. Leyland, Grand High Priest of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio, it was my 
pleasure to attend the Ohio High Priests' School for the 16th 
Capitular District of Ohio, held at Chippawa Lake, some 35 miles 
South of Cleveland. It was most enlightening to see the Ruling 
High Priests of some 30 Chapters come together and participate in 



30 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

twelve solid hours of Masonic instruction, under seven professors 
from the Grand Chapter, covering ritual, Capitular law, history, 
conduct, and relationship and duties to one's own Chapter and to 
Grand Chapter, particularly when these earnest Companions were 
paying their own expenses of $8.00 each, indicating in no uncertain 
way their intense interest and appreciation of their high office in 
the Royal Craft. I am very grateful to M. Ex. Comp. Leyland, and 
all his associates of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, who made it 
possible for me to enjoy this unusual and most deeply appreciated 
privilege. Now I know why the Grand Chapter of Ohio leads all 
other Grand Jurisdictions in Masonic education, for which M. Ex. 
Comp. Leyland is largely responsible. 

On October 20-21, accompanied by our Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, I attended the 100th Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, held at 
Jackson. We were extended a most cordial welcome by M. Ex. 
Comp. John Chalmers, Grand High Priest, and his Officers, this 
being my first visit to Michigan since receiving their Commission 
as Grand Representative near our Grand Chapter. It was naturally 
a particular pleasure to attend their Centennial Convocation in 
Jackson, where the Grand Chapter of Michigan was organized in 
1848, and to convey to them the greetings and good wishes of their 
Companions of the Grand Chapter of Canada. Close ties which 
have bound our two Grand Bodies together for nearly a century 
are growing stronger each year and may they ever continue to do so. 

We were delighted to witness the installation as their Grand 
High Priest of M. Ex. Comp. Arthur M. Burke, of Port Huron, 
who has been the Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada 
near the Grand Chapter of Michigan for some years and of whom 
we are all so proud. He is a member of our Hiawatha Chapter No. 
252, Sarnia. 

It was a particular pleasure to be present at the 86th Annual 
Assembly of the Order of High Priesthood of Michigan and to 
witness the conferring of this Holy Order on 95 candidates by their 
beloved and dramatic President, M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Francis B. 
Lambie. Port Huron was chosen as the place of their next Annual 
Convocation. 

On October 27-28, accompanied by our Grand Scribe E., M. 
Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, P.G.Z., I attended the 132nd Annual 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 31 

Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, 
held at Dayton. 

We were extended a most cordial welcome by M. Ex. Comp. 
Herbert T. Leyland, Grand High Priest, and his Officers, and every 
courtesy afforded us. I was given the privilege of addressing their 
Grand Convocation and conveying the greetings of the Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada. Under the personal supervision 
of M. Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, I.P.G.H., the most generous 
hospitality was extended to us. 

M. Ex. Comp. Leyland, the retiring Grand High Priest, gave 
a masterly report of the activities of his term of office, leaving no 
doubt as to the reason why Ohio has the largest membership of any 
Grand Jurisdiction and leads all others in their educational pro- 
gram. It was indeed an inspiration to be present at their Grand 
Convocation. 

We were greatly impressed by the magnificence of the Masonic 
Temple at Dayton, which has everything which could be desired for 
the purposes of Masonry. Its beautiful cathedral, in which th^ 
Grand Convocation was held, seats some 2,400 and must be seen 
to be appreciated. 

The conferring of the Order of High Priesthood on 163 Candi- 
dates in the Commandery Asylum, a most beautiful setting, was 
something which will linger in my memory for a long time. M. Ex. 
Comp. John Harshman, P.G.H.P., most capably presided. 

M. Ex. Comp. Virgil W. Prather, of Bethel, Ohio, was elected 
and installed as their Grand High Priest for the ensuing year. 
Cincinnati was chosen as the place of their next Annual Convoca- 
tion. 

On November 10, on the invitation of Adytum Chapter No. 
235, R.A.M., Buffalo, to be the Speaker at their International Night, 
I was accompanied by 30 of my Companions from Occident Chapter, 
No. 77, Toronto, and 33 Companions from Hiram Chapter, No. 2, 
Grimsby, No. 69, The Hamilton, No. 175, and McKay, No. 243. I 
was most graciously received by M. Ex. Comp. Frank A. Lobee, 
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of 
the State of New York, given both American and Canadian Grand 
Honours, tendered the gavel of authority and given the privilege of 
addressing the assembled Companions. 



32 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

I was delightfully surprised and highly honoured by being 
presented with a beautiful framed certificate of Honorary Life 
Membership in Adytum Chapter, by their High Priest, Ex. Comp. 
Charles J. Menzemer, an honour for which I am most deeply 
grateful. 

On November 11, on the invitation of Tonawanda Chapter, 
No. 278, R.A.M., to be the Speaker at their Convocation celebrating 
the Sesqui-Centennial of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons 
of the State of New York, held at Tonawanda, N.Y., I spent an 
enjoyable evening with my Companions there, where I was again 
received by M. Ex. Comp. Frank A. Lobee, Grand High Priest of 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York, 
on behalf of Ex. Comp. Howard H. Thorpe, High Priest, given 
Grand Honours, tendered the gavel of authority and given the 
privilege of addressing the assembled Companions. I deeply ap- 
preciate the high honour of being asked to participate in this 
celebration. 

On November 13, on the invitation of Huron Chapter, R.A.M., 
No. 27, of Port Huron, Michigan, accompanied by M. Ex. Comp. 
Edwin Smith, P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, Grand J., and R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Carson, P. G. Supt., 
1 attended a Testimonial Dinner at Port Huron, honouring M. 
Ex. Comp. Arthur M. Burke, Grand High Priest of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan. 

It was a joyous and happy occasion and we were pleased to 
represent the Companions of this Grand Jurisdiction in paying 
tribute to one who so capably serves our Grand Chapter in Michi- 
gan. As the Representative of Michigan in our Grand Jurisdiction, 
it was a special pleasure for me to enjoy this evening with my 
Companions of Michigan. 

On November 17, on the invitation of Buffalo-Keystone 
Chapter, No. 71, R.A.M., Buffalo, to be the speaker at the celebra- 
tion of their 100th Anniversary, I was present on that happy oc- 
casion. 

I was warmly welcomed and most cordially received by M. Ex. 
Comp. Frank A. Lobee, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York, on behalf of Ex. 
Comp. Arthur M. Stone, High Priest, and the Companions of 
Buffalo-Keystone Chapter, given Grand Honours, tendered the gavel 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 33 

of authority and given the privilege of addressing the assembled 
Companions. 

It was a pleasure to extend greetings from Canada and add 
another link to that ever-strengthening chain of good will and 
fraternal affection which binds together our two great countries. 

On December 2, I attended the 151st Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania, at Phila- 
delphia, where I was cordially welcomed by their Grand High 
Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Charles F. Weeks, and extended every hospi- 
tality. They are making steady progress, but like many other Grand 
Jurisdictions, increasing costs have made it necessary to increase 
their per capita tax, which they raised from 50c to 65c. They also 
increased the allowance for travelling expenses for the Grand High 
Priest from $2,500 to $4,000 and are setting aside $500 a year to 
create a fund for the celebration of their 175th Anniversary. M. Ex. 
Comp. Arthur I. Millar, of Pittsburgh, is their new Grand High 
Priest. 

On December 7, I attended the 150th Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, at Boston. Their 
Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Ralph W. Copeland, extended 
a warm welcome and every hospitality. The guests from the two 
Canadian Grand Jurisdictions were honoured immediately follow- 
ing the reception of distinguished guests by the whole company 
singing the first verse of our national anthem "God Save the King". 
It was most interesting to witness the Degrees of Mark Master 
Mason, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Holy Royal Arch 
by their Grand Chapter Exemplification Degree Team, which has 
now been functioning for 100 years. The perfection of their work 
was an inspiration to all who were privileged to see it. M. Ex. Comp. 
William Foster Clark, was installed as Grand High Priest. 

On January 12, on their very kind invitation, I attended the 
Annual Installation of Officers of Adytum Chapter No. 235, Buffalo, 
N.Y., of which Chapter I have the honour of being an Honorary 
Life Member. A most enjoyable evening was spent and I am grate- 
ful for the warmth of their very cordial welcome and the generous 
hospitality extended on that occasion. 

On January 31— February 2, accompanied by M. Ex. Comp. R. 
V. E. Conover, I.P.G.Z., and M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, P.G.Z., I 
attended the 152nd Annual Convocation of The Grand Chapter of 



34 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York, at Albany. We were 
presented by R. Ex. Comp. Raymond L. Bommer, in the regrettable 
absence of our esteemed Grand Representative, R. Ex. Comp. Cliff. 
A. McDonald, through illness, cordially welcomed by M. Ex. Comp. 
Frank A. Lobee, Grand High Priest, and extended every hospitality. 

Particularly enjoyable to me was the opportunity of joining 
with some 35 other Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine at 
breakfast on the morning of the opening session. 

While reporting an increase of 782 members, bringing their 
total to 35,384, out of some 280,000 Master Masons in New York 
State, the increase was 300 less than the previous year, a trend not- 
iceable in most Grand Jurisdictions. 

It was interesting to note that they had a deficit of about 
$11,000 on the year, notwithstanding an increase last year in their 
per capita tax from 40c to 55c, which shows this is still too low. 

M. Ex. Comp. Chas. Samson was installed as their new Grand 
High Priest. 

On April 5-6, on their very kind invitation, it was a rare plea- 
sure and privilege to attend the 93rd Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Iowa, held at Cedar Rapids. 

The personal friendship of Most Ex. Comp. Dr. Geo. E. San- 
ders, their Grand High Priest, and of Most Ex. Comp. Earl E. 
Dusenbery, one of their many capable and distinguished Past Grand 
High Priests, and the present General Grand High Priest of the 
General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, both of whom ex- 
tended to me so many courtesies, left nothing to be desired. 

I was introduced by M. Ex. Comp. Nathan L. Hicks, P.G.H.P., 
and most cordially received by M. Ex. Comp. Sanders, Grand High 
Priest, who made touching reference to the neighbourly relations 
existing between our two countries. 

The warmth and genuine friendliness of their cordial welcome, 
the graciousness with which one is accepted by them, truly exempli- 
fies the spirit of our great fraternity. One is impressed with the fact 
that in Iowa they not only have the finest farm country one has ever 
seen, not only produce the finest corn, cattle and hogs, but also the 
finest people and real outstanding Masons in all that the term 
implies. Nothing could excel their hospitality. To spend a couple 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 35 

of days in such happy and congenial surroundings was really a priv- 
ilege and a delight, leaving memories long to be cherished. 

I also had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Ex. Comp. 
E. W. L. Holler, of Brooklyn, Iowa, who so capably represents our 
Grand Chapter near the Grand Chapter of Iowa. 

It was a particular pleasure to witness the conferring of the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree on the floor of Grand Chapter. I have 
seen it in many Grand Jurisdictions, but never done better than in 
IoAva. 

Their Annual Dinner was a delightful occasion, where their 
Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. C. D. Jory, in a timely address on 
"Juvenile Delinquency," challenged all present to accept and pro- 
perly discharge their duties and responsibilities to our Youth, which 
surely is of greater importance than many of the things to which we 
devote so much of our time and energies. 

The conferring of the beautiful and impressive Order of High 
Priesthood on a class of 51 Candidates at the 93rd Annual Assembly 
of that Body in Iowa, with Most Ex. Comp. Ross C. Camblin, 
P.G.H.P., presiding, was a treat. 

I am grateful for the privilege extended to me of addressing 
the Grand Chapter and conveying to them the greetings and good 
wishes of my Companions of the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

The opportunity of visiting in person the great Masonic Lib- 
rary of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, in Cedar Rapids, which will stand 
as a living monument to the faithful, unselfish, service of that emin- 
ent Mason, the late M. Ex. Comp. Chas. Hunt, who devoted so much 
of his long and useful life to it, would alone repay anyone for mak- 
ing the trip. The volume and wealth of Masonic lore concentrated 
in this wonderful Library, all catalogued, indexed, and well-pre- 
served for future generations, truly must be seen to be appreciated. 
I am indeed greatly indebted to Comp. H. L. Haywood, now in 
charge of the Library, for his many kindnesses in showing it to me. 

The crowning joy of my delightful visit to Iowa was the totally 
unexpected honour of receiving from them a beautiful certificate 
of Honorary Membership in their Grand Chapter, which I consider 
a tribute to the Grand Chapter of Canada, which I personally great- 
ly appreciate and for which I shall always be deeply grateful to 
them. 



36 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Most Ex. Comp. Harold R. Smiley is their new Grand High 
Priest and Fort Dodge was selected as the place for their next Grand 
Convocation, to be held on April 18-19, 1950. 

On April 19-20 it was my privilege to accept their special 
invitation to represent our Grand Chapter at the 100th Annual 
Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of 
Illinois, at Chicago, and to convey your greetings and good wishes 
at the celebration of their Centennial. 

The warmth and friendliness of their welcome, the cordial 
reception by their Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Fred. A. Thom- 
ann, and their gracious and generous hospitality made it a most 
happy and pleasant occasion. 

Most Ex. Comp. Walter W. Taylor was installed as their new 
Grand Fligh Priest. 

Visits to Other Masonic Bodies 

On April 30, I attended a reception to our highly-esteemed 
Grand Master, Most Wor. Bro. and Comp. T. Hamilton Simpson, 
tendered by the Brethren of Hamilton Districts "A" and "B", in the 
Scottish Rite Cathedral at Hamilton. It was a pleasure to be present 
on such a happy occasion. 

On June 2, I spent an enjoyable evening with my Brethren of 
Ionic Lodge, No. 549, A.F. & A.M., of Hamilton, when they were 
having "Stelco" Night. 

On July 20-22, I was privileged to accept their very kind invi- 
tation to attend the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge 
of A.F. $c A.M. of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, at Toronto, 
as your representative, where I was most graciously received by our 
Grand Master, Most Wor. Bro. and Comp. T. Hamilton Simpson, 
to whom I am grateful for the many courtesies and generous hospi- 
tality extended. It was an honour and a privilege to represent Roy- 
al Arch Masonry and to convey the greetings and good wishes of our 
Grand Chapter on this occasion. 

On September 13, on their very kind invitation, I had the happy 
privilege of representing the Grand Chapter of Canada at the 65th 
Annual Assembly of Sovereign Great Priory at Toronto. I shall al- 
ways be deeply grateful to my very good friend, M. Em. Sir Kt. and 
Most Ex. Comp. Ben. S. Bailey, Supreme Grand Master, for the 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 37 

gracious manner in which I was received and for the privilege of 
addressing the Assembly. 

On September 14-15, accompanied by M. Ex. Companions Ed- 
win Smith, P.G.Z., and G.S.E., George L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., R. V. E. 
Conover, I.P.G.Z., R. Ex. Comps. C. M. Pitts, Grand H., and A. G. 
N. Bradshaw, Grand J., I attended the Second Conference of the 
Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons in Canada, held at Toronto, 
details of which will appear later in this report. It was an honour 
and privilege for this Grand Jurisdiction to again be host to repre- 
sentatives of all the other Grand Chapters in Canada. 

On October 6-7, on their invitation, I attended the Trienniel 
Convocation of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, 
held at New York. Most. Ex. Comp. Earl E. Dusenbery was installed 
as the General Grand High Priest and Little Rock, Ark., was 
chosen as the location for their next Trienniel, in 1951. 

It was an especial pleasure to me to join with over a hundred 
other Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine from all parts of 
North America at breakfast on the morning of the opening session. 

On November 7, I attended the Divine Service of our Hamilton 
District No. 5, held in MacNab Street Presbyterian Church, Hamil- 
ton, arranged by the Grand Superintendent, R. Ex. Comp. Peter A. 
MacDougall, and sponsored by his Chapter, The Hiram, No. 2. 
There was a good attendance and this service was of particular inte- 
rest to me because I first became a church member in this same old 
church 41 years ago. Professor B. C. Diltz preached a fine sermon 
on "Strange Gods." It was my privilege to read the Scripture 
Lesson. 

On February 14, at their very kind invitation, I had the privi- 
lege of addressing the Brethren of Coronation Lodge, No. 502, A.F. 
& A.M., at Smithville, on "The connection between the Lodge and 
the Chapter." Such occasions are always greatly enjoyed and I was 
most cordially received. I am grateful to Wor. Bro. Gordon Pear- 
son, W.M., of Coronation Lodge, for his kindness. 

On May 8, R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand J., very 
kindly represented me at the Annual Assembly of the Grand Coun- 
cil of Royal and Select Masters of Ontario, at Windsor, of which 
Order he is a Past Grand Master. 



38 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

On May 19, R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand H., graciously 
represented me at an International Night arranged by Covenant 
Chapter, R.A.M., No. 113, Cornwall, with Massena Chapter, No. 300, 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New 
York. 

I am further indebted to R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand H., 
for so kindly coming to my aid and representing me at the 40th An- 
niversary of Ionic Chapter, R.A.M., No. 138, Campbellford, on 
March 17. I had looked forward to that happy occasion with much 
anticipation, but, when illness made it impossible to keep my en- 
gagement, it was a great relief and consolation to receive such cap- 
able assistance, so generously given, and which was also greatly ap- 
preciated by Ionic Chapter. 

Again, and for the same reason, I was obliged to impose on the 
kindness of our gracious Grand H. to represent me at the 72nd 
Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of 
Quebec, at Montreal, on March 23, where he conveyed the greetings 
and best wishes of our Grand Chapter to our beloved daughter 
Grand Chapter, which is making such fine progress. It was a keen 
disappointment to me that I c^uld not personally attend and I am 
grateful to R. Ex. Comp. Pitts icr assisting me. 

Invitations Which Had to Be Declined 

It was with extreme regret that it was found impossible to ac- 
cept invitations to be present or represented at the following: 
1948: 

May 4 — Grand Chapter of Maine, Royal Arch Masons. 

May 18 — Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, State of New 
Hampshire. 

Sept. 23— Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Colorado. 

Oct. 26-27— Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Virginia. 

Oct. 28-The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois. 
Dec. 14- Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland. 
1949: 

Jan. 19— Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware. 

Feb. 9— Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 39 

We have expressed our appreciation oi these kind invitations, 
at the same time extending our greetings and good wishes. 

Visits to Non-Masonic Bodies 

On June 26, I attended a picnic for Veterans of the Red Chev- 
ron Hospital, Toronto, held at the Exhibition grounds. This annual 
event was arranged by the Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee 
of the Toronto Districts, who are doing a noble work for the unfort- 
unate "fragments from France", of World War 1, and also crippled 
and ailing veterans of World War 2, and who so well deserve the 
commendation and support of all Royal Arch Masons in their 
splendid efforts. 

On August 9, at the request of the Royal Arch Masons' Welfare 
Committee of the Toronto Districts, I was highly honoured by being 
permitted to present a wheel chair to the Red Chevron Hospital 
on their behalf. 

Inter-Chapter Visits 

It has been a pleasure to note the many visits interchanged be- 
tween Chapters within our own Grand Jurisdiction and with those 
in Sister Grand Jurisdictions. I highly commend and recommend 
them, as they undoubtedly increase interest, develop friendships, 
widen horizons, and generally promote that fraternal good-will so 
truly characteristic of our Fraternity. 

It is also gratifying to note the increasing tendency for our 
Chapters to visit Craft Lodges and confer a Degree. Royal Arch 
Masonry is an integral part of the Craft and I look forward to the 
time when the association between Craft Lodges and Royal Arch 
Chapters will be even much closer and when no Master Mason will 
be unaware of the fact that the Royal Arch Degree is the completion 
of the Master Mason's Degree and the summit or copestone of Craft 
Masonry. 

International Nights 

Of particular interest were the several occasions when "Inter- 
national Nights" were held— some in our Grand Jurisdiction and 
some in adjacent Sister Grand Jurisdictions. I had the happy priv- 



40 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ilege of being in attendance at most of them. Such meetings are 
highly commended. Their contribution to the promotion of good- 
will and mutual understanding cannot fail to have a most beneficial 
effect on international relations. 

Dedications 

On August 31, accompanied by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
P.G.Z., and Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Fotheringham, 
Grand Superintendent of Algoma District, and other Present and 
Past Grand Chapter Officers, I had the privilege of presiding at the 
Dedication of the Chapter Room of Golden Chapter, No. 90, at 
Kenora. It was also the 65th Anniversary of this fine old Chapter. I 
greatly enjoyed the opportunity of addressing and fraternizing with 
the large attendance of my Companions on that happy occasion. 

On November 18, it was my privilege to preside at the Dedica- 
tion of the Chapter Room of St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, at Milton, 
there being a large attendance of Present and Past Grand Chapter 
Officers, as well as the Grand Scribe E., and many of my 
Companions. 

The ceremony of dedicating a Chapter Room is most impressive 
and all Companions who can should witness it when there is an 
opportunity of doing so. I am grateful to all who assisted in these 
ceremonies, especially the Grand Scribe E., who so capably looked 
after all arrangements. 

Membership 

It is gratifying to note a further splendid addition to our stead- 
ily increasing membership, with 1,317 new members during the year 
and a net increase of 856. This increase is 24 more than the previous 
year and would have been larger but for the fact that the loss of 428 
by death was the largest for many years, being 50 more than the 
previous year, emphasizing the constant need of new "material for 
the Temple." 

The steady increase in our membership is evidence tnat cue 
Membership Committees in the various Chapters are uomg men 
job. Any Chapter which has not set up a Membership Committee 
should do so without delay. The spreading of light and knowledge 
to uninformed Master Masons is bearing fruit. During the first 
three months of this year the number of candidates received through- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 41 

out our Grand Jurisdiction was 20% above the number received 
in the same period of the previous year, indicating that we are 
away to a good start this year. 

Our total strength is now 19,312, which is 17.7% of the 109,008 
Master Masons in our Grand Jurisdiction, a proportion much too 
small. There seems to be just one fundamental reason why our 
membership is not two or three times its present figure— as individual 
Companions we are not asking our Master Mason friends— we are 
not "dispensing light and knowledge" as we are obligated to do. If 
each of us would assume our individual responsibility in this respect, 
I am confident the result would be astonishing. 

As Appendix 1 to this Address, will be found certain statis- 
tics, showing, in brief, our membership position. 

Dormant Chapters 

It is a pleasure to report that Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, 
Shelburne, has made a remarkable comeback and is now in healthy 
condition. This splendid result is due almost entirely to the untir- 
ing efforts of R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, P.G. Supt., an elected 
member of our Executive Committee, who I appointed a year ago 
to assist this Chapter, and to whom we are greatly indebted for this 
outstanding contribution to Royal Arch Masonry. 

Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, at Mattawa, has been dormant for 
so long that I felt some definite action should be taken. They have 
regularly paid their Annual Dues to Grand Chapter, but have not 
had a candidate for 20 years, nor have they held a Convocation for 
many years. Their membership has declined to 21, of whom 
there are too few residing in and near Mattawa to form a quorum. 
There would seem to be no purpose in continuing a Chapter under 
such conditions. After considering the report of a Special Commit- 
tee, which I appointed to go into this matter, I personally visited 
Mattawa, accompanied by the Grand Scribe E., and we were encour- 
aged to believe it might be possible to revive the Chapter, but these 
hopes have since been dissipated. I, therefore, concluded there re- 
mained only two alternatives, either to amalgamate with another 
Chapter, or withdraw the Charter. With the first object in view, 
approaches were made to St. John's Chapter, No. 103, at North Bay, 
and, after being submitted to the members of both Chapters, they 
decided to amalgamate. I am grateful to R. Ex. Comps. K. S. Clarke, 



42 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

B. F. Nott, W. R. Stewart, Geo. Shute and all the other Companions 
who so kindly assisted in this matter. 

It is gratifying to be able to report that, for the first time in 
many years, there are now no dormant Chapters in our Grand 
Jurisdiction. 

Golden Star Chapter, U.D., Dryden 

A year ago I reported that a new Chapter, Golden Star, U.D., 
had been instituted at Dryden, under the capable leadership of R. 
Ex. Comp. Chas. Fotheringham, Grand Supt., and Grand Organist. 
It is indeed a pleasure to now report that this lusty infant exalted 
52 new members during the year and at the end of the year had a 
membership of 75, a record which bears eloquent testimony to the 
enthusiasm, indefatigable exertion and fidelity of all its officers. My 
visit with them last Summer was for me an outstanding highlight of 
the year. 

Although having no quota for the Victory Thanksgiving Bene- 
volent Fund, they have set an example by every one of their members 
contributing to this project, their total subscription amounting to 
$270.90, for which they deserve our highest commendation. 

With such a record of achievement, naturally it has been recom- 
mended that a Charter be granted to them and I heartily join with 
you all in congratulating them and in wishing them every success 
in the future. 

Prospective New Chapter 

It is a pleasure to report that there is an active interest in our 
Yukon District, No. 17, in the formation of a Chapter at White- 
horse and that present indications are that this will take place this 
year. 

Chapter Clubs 

I have been greatly impressed by the worthwhile contribution 
to Royal Arch Masonry in our New Ontario District, No. 15, by so- 
called "Chapter Clubs," which are simply groups of Companions 
living at places far removed from their Chapters and who gather 
periodically for the purpose of fellowship, education and instruc- 
tion, thereby permitting them to enjoy some of the benefits of their 
membership otherwise denied to them on account of the long dist- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 43 

ances involved. Eventually from these "Clubs" new Chapters will 
emerge. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ken. S. Clarke, of Copper Cliff, a member of our 
Executive Committee, has devoted much time and patient effort to 
the formation and functioning of these Clubs and it is indeed a 
pleasure to record the appreciation of this Grand Chapter to him 
and all others associated with him in their splendid work for the 
advancement of our Royal Craft. 

Amalgamations 

In my report a year ago, I referred to the amalgamation of Tor- 
onto Chapter, No. 185 and Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, now known 
as Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91. This Chapter has made 
splendid progress, having had twelve exaltations during the year. I 
particularly wish to commend its Officers and members for their 
splendid record in connection with the Victory Thanksgiving Bene- 
volent Fund. The combined quotas of their former Chapters made a 
formidable figure of $1,145 and it was a notable achievement for 
them to exceed their full quota by contributing $1,198.00. I feel this 
splendid record deserves this special mention. 

Financial Position— Per Capita Tax 

While it is gratifying to be able to report that we have a 
small surplus for the year, the fact that this surplus is less than 
one hundred dollars plainly indicates the need for further measures 
to strengthen our financial position. Now is the time we should 
be "putting our house in order" and laying something away for 
the inevitable "rainy days", which are sure to come. 

A year ago, your attention was directed to the need for action 
to achieve a balance between our Income and Expenditures and the 
suggestion made that our Per Capita Tax of 50c should be increased. 
Having in mind that this Tax was set at its present figure in 1918, 
and the radical change which has taken place in prices and costs of 
all kinds during the intervening period of over 30 years, it is obvious 
that this charge must necessarily be correspondingly increased, if our 
position is to be strengthened and maintained. 

The need for an increase is readily apparent when we consider 
that our Expenditures work out as follows: 



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Year 


Expenditures 


Members 


Per Member 


1947 


$16,697.45 


17,624 


94c 


1948 


17,484.70 


18,456 


95c 



The Special Committee which I appointed, under M. Ex. Comp. 
Geo. L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., after long and careful deliberation, has 
recommended an increase from the present 50c to 75c, which I am 
sure all will agree is very conservative. The Per Capita Tax of Grand 
Lodge and of Sovereign Great Priory is $1.00 in each case, the latter 
having raised theirs during the past year from 50c to $1.00. 

During this Convocation you will be asked to adopt this recom- 
mendation, which is reasonable, and I hope will meet with your 
approval. 

Outstanding Dues 

There would seem to be little or no reason for dues to be out- 
standing under present conditions, and it is rather disquieting to 
note that, for the Grand Jurisdiction, at the end of 1948, dues out- 
standing were $18,584, as compared with $17,689 at the end of 1947. 

Only two Chapters, St. Mark's, No. 26, Trenton, and Golden 
Star, U.D., Dryden, had no outstanding dues at the end of 1948. 

Chapter Officers should see that special attention is given to 
reduce outstanding dues to the absolute minimum. Now is the time 
for action. Chapter finances should be put in shape to withstand 
anything which might lie ahead. 

Exaltation Fees—Chapter Dues 

It has been pleasing to note that during the year many Chapters 
increased their Exaltation Fee and their Annual Dues. Increased 
cost of regalia, printing, postage, supplies and refreshments, suggest 
to the Officers of all Chapters that they exercise prudence and good 
judgment in seeing that their income is correspondingly increased. 
May I again emphasize that Annual Dues should be sufficient to 
cover Chapter expenses, without recourse to any part of Exaltation 
Fees. 

Some Chapters still charge only $2.00 Annual Dues. Naturally 
their financial position is not what it should be. It is suggested that 
now is the time to correct this situation. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 45 

The motion to be presented at this Convocation to increase 
the minimum Exaltation Fee from $20.00 to $30.00 is well-timed and 
should receive our unanimous support. 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

With a full heart I hereby express to all my Companions who 
made it possible my grateful thanks for the successful termination 
of this undertaking. This Challenge to Royal Arch Masonry in our 
Grand Jurisdiction has been met and the stimulating effect of the 
efforts put forth will be felt for a long time. 

In Appendix 2 to this Address will be found full details of 
the part played by each of our Chapters in this campaign. While 
the full amount required has been exceeded, it is a matter of some 
regret that many Companions did not avail themselves of the 
privilege of sharing in this Memorial to our fallen heroes, whose 
sacrifice makes possible our very existence. 

Particular mention might be made of the proud record of 
two Chapters in which every member contributed, McKay, No. 243, 
of Stoney Creek, which contributed 194.4% of their quota, and 
Golden Star Chapter, U.D., of Dryden. On Page 42, the out- 
standing record of this, our baby Chapter, which had no quota, and 
which contributed $270.90, is referred to. 

We extend our thanks to the Companion, who wishes to remain 
anonymous, whose generous offer of the last thousand dollars furn- 
ished the needed incentive which enabled us to reach the objective, 
even though he did not pay in any part of it, as we attained our goal 
without his further assistance. 

Special reference is made to the Personal Appeal which, on 
January 17, I addressed to every Companion in our Grand Juris- 
diction, inviting those who had not contributed to do so and also 
asking those who had already subscribed to give one dollar more 
"to help finish the job". 1665 of my Companions responded to 
my Appeal and made possible the attainment of our objective. I 
would like to be able to write each of them personally, expressing 
my thanks for their support, but as this is obviously impossible, I 
take this means of saying to them "My sincere thanks to each ot 
you and may God bless you every one". 

My Personal Appeal had many interesting sidelights. One was 



46 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

the evidence that so many of our Companions are non-resident 
members of their Chapter; therefore, the only contact they have 
with it is the monthly Summons. How important it is, then, that 
every care be exercised to make sure it is interesting and attractive. 
Another was the large proportion of these non-resident members 
who responded to my Appeal, from all parts of Canada and the 
United States, showing that, even though they are far away from 
us, their hearts are with their old Chapters and with Royal Arch 
Masonry. Another was the personal messages, good wishes and 
hopes for the success of the Fund, and still another the many 
touching references to sons who made the Supreme Sacrifice and 
for whom this Fund is to be a living, perpetual Memorial. 

Now we have a permanent Benevolent Fund, it is hoped that 
the Companions will give serious consideration to making provision 
in their Will for a bequest to this Fund and the following simple 
Form of Bequest is suggested: 

"I give and bequeath to the Grand Scribe E. and Grand 
Treasurer, for the time being, of the Grand Chapter Royal 

Arch Masons of Canada, the sum of $ 

to be handed over by them to the said Grand Chapter and 
placed to the credit of the Benevolent Fund thereof, to 
be used for any purpose for which such Benevolent Fund 
is or may hereafter be used, in accordance with the rules 
and regulations prescribed from time to time by the said 
Grand Chapter." 

Education and Instruction 

We are all greatly indebted to M. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, 
P.G.Z., who, despite the many other important demands on his time, 
aggravated by illness in his home, so kindly assumed the onerous dut- 
ies of Chairman of our Committee on Education and Instruction and 
I tender to him my sincere personal thanks and yours for his un- 
selfish service, so cheerfully rendered, for the benefit of Royal Arch 
Masonry, which is so dear to his heart, also to the other members of 
this Committee, consisting of the Grand Council, Grand Scribe E., 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, P.G.S., and R. Ex. Comp. Maurice 
Searle, G. Supt. 

The matter of Education and Instruction has given your Grand 
Council much concern. During recent years various methods of dis- 
seminating information have been tried, with only indifferent sue- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 47 

cess, at quite considerable expense, and with little tangible evidence 
of accomplishment. Two years ago your Grand Council decided to 
try a different plan and, through your Committee on Education and 
Instruction, have made available to our members, first the "Manual 
of Instructions," intended to clarify various interpretations of the 
rubrics, which was so enthusiastically received throughout the Grand 
Jurisdiction that it has since been necessary to issue, on March 1, 
1949, a Second Edition, slightly revised and enlarged. The resulting 
noticeably marked improvement in uniformity of ritualistic work 
in all Districts has more than justified the belief that there was a 
great need of such an educational effort, beneficial to all our Chap- 
ters and showing such tangible results. It has also been highly com- 
mended by other Grand Chapters in Canada using the same Work. 

Having found that the former method of Instruction to Chapter 
Officers, given verbally to the Grand Superintendents and to be sim- 
ilarly passed on by them to the Principals of each Chapter, at Dist- 
rict meetings for that purpose, and in turn passed on by them to 
their Chapter Officers, had almost entirely failed to reach those for 
whom it was intended, an alternative plan of Education and In- 
struction was adopted, under which your Committee, with much 
patience and diligence, prepared and, on April 1, 1949, issued to all 
Chapter Officers throughout the Grand Jurisdiction a "Manual for 
Chapter Officers," containing much information and many helpful 
suggestions to assist them in the proper performance of the duties of 
their offices. I am confident that this publication will be appreciat- 
ed by our Chapter Officers and will serve to enhance their know- 
ledge, enthusiasm and zeal in the years to come. 

Naturally, I am proud of what your Committee has accomplish- 
ed and I am sure I speak for all of you in thus recording our congrat- 
ulations on the practical methods adopted by them to make avail- 
able, particularly to the Officers of our Chapters, such valuable 
educational material, also our thanks and sincere appreciation of 
their tedious and painstaking efforts in the compilation of such a 
lasting and important contribution to Royal Arch Masonry in this 
Grand Jurisdiction. Unquestionably, highly beneficial results of 
their work should be seen in the years to come. 

A year ago, a motion was introduced to amend our Constitution 
to set up a Standing Committee to carry out a program of Education 
and Instruction. After considerable debate, the motion was given a 
one-year hoist. Not having been withdrawn by its sponsors, it is 
again being presented to you at this Convocation for whatever action 



48 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

you see fit. It has been stated that the reason for the Motion is that 
there has been no Masonic Education and Instruction by our Grand 
Chapter during the past two years. With this statement I am un- 
able to agree. However, whether the accomplishments of your Com- 
mittee, as mentioned, are considered to be practical and valuable 
Masonic Education and Instruction, or whether a differently consti- 
tuted Committee, as proposed in the Motion, with a different pro- 
gram, should be substituted, and whether the resulting additional 
expenditure would be justified, is for you to decide when the Motion 
is before you at this Convocation. 

Examination and Preparation of Candidates 

Once again I would call attention to the desirability of prepar- 
ing and instructing candidates before, between and after their 
Degrees. 

In the "dispensing of light and knowledge to uninformed Mas- 
ons" it seems to me that bringing a Master Mason into a Royal Arch 
Chapter is only the first step and that the second step is to see that 
he is given every opportunity to absorb the beautiful lessons of each 
Degree by some uniform method of instruction before each Degree 
and by being required to learn the Questions and Answers, as laid 
down in The Work, following each Degree. While some may feel 
that this would deter some candidates, I cannot help but feel that 
many of those who come into our Chapters are disappointed at the 
lack of instruction and would be glad to pass the required examin- 
ations, thereby firmly fixing in their minds the tenets and principles 
of Royal Arch Masonry. It would also stimulate them to continue 
their researches and, in the years to come, have a most beneficial 
effect throughout all the Chapters in our Grand Jurisdiction. 

It would also give more Companions a share in Chapter activ- 
ities, thereby retaining and increasing their interest. 

No doubt our Committee on Education and Instruction could 
provide suitable material for universal use by all Chapters and I 
would strongly recommend that this be done. 

Dispensations 

One hundred and fifteen Dispensations were issued, as follows: 



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Thirteen to attend Divine Service. 

Fifty-three to change date or hour for holding Regular 
Convocations. 

Twenty to permit the advancement of Officers as required by 
the Constitution. 

Three to permit the holding of a Chapter in a Dedicated Lodge 
Room. 

Two to permit the receiving and considering of applications for 
Exaltation on account of non-residency. 

Two to permit the Installation of Officers on a day other than 
prescribed in their By-Laws. 

Sixteen to permit the holding of "Social Functions." 

Two to permit the holding of Convocations in other buildings, 
on account of their premises having been destroyed by fire. 

One on account of being forced out by a new owner. 

Three to dispense with Convocations in Summer months. 

I approved the interchange of visits of nine Chapters in our 
Grand Jurisdiction with Chapters outside our Jurisdiction. In most 
cases a Degree was exemplified. 

Amendments to Chapter By-Laws 

New By-Laws Approved: 

Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto, Ont. 
St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls, Ont. 
Madoc Chapter, No. 161, Madoc, Ont. 

Amendments to By-Laws Approved: 

The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ont. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London, Ont. 
St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, Toronto, Ont. 
The Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville, Ont. 
Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ont. 
Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brant ford. Ont. 
Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ont. 
St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26, Trenton, Ont. 
Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ont. 
Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie, Ont. 
Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough, Ont. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ont. 
Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto, Ont. 



50 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor, Ont. 

Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham, Ont. 

Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ont. 

Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton, Ont. 

The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto, Ont. 

The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Toronto, Ont. 

St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, Toronto, Ont. 

Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ont. 

Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville, Ont. 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto, Ont. 

Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown, Ont. 

Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville, Ont. 

Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia Ont. 

Long Service Jewels 

It was a privilege which I greatly appreciate to have had the 
pleasure of presenting to V. Ex. Comp. Vincent G. Cornwall a jewel 
commemorating his having been a Royal Arch Mason for 57 years, 
being exalted March 12, 1891, in Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Col- 
borne; also a jewel, with bar, commemorating his having been a 
First Principal for 54 years, having been installed Z. of his Chapter 
in 1894; also to congratulate him, on behalf of all his Companions 
of this Grand Jurisdiction, on having attained the age of 98 years. 
It was indeed a pleasure to convey your greetings and best wishes 
that he might enjoy the fellowship of his Companions still further. 

During the year the following Long Service Jewels were 
awarded, and in many cases it was my pleasure to have the privilege 
of presenting them to the worthy Companions who had so justly 
earned them: 

For Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason: 

St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London, Ont.-Comp. Wm. H. Hoare 1898-1948; 

Comp. John H. Cook, 1899-1949. 
Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia, Ont.— Comp. John Henry Modeland, 

1898-1948. 
. Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Alex. W. Grant, 

1898-1948; Comp. Alexander Ross, 1898-1948. 
Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ont.-Comp. Charles Reginald 

Hext, 1897-1948. 
Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont.-R. Ex. Comp. Chas. F. Misner, 

1898-1948. 
Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ont.-Comp Howard Aston Felt, 

1897-1947. 
Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, Ont.-V. Ex. Comp Vincent G. 

Cornwall, 1891-1941. 
Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. George T. 

Kennedy, 1898-1948; Comp Joseph A. Kilpatrick, 1898-1948. 



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Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, Ont.— Comp. Albert Frances Hawke, 

1897-1947. 
MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, Ont.-R. Ex. Comp. Ed. Worth, 

1898-1948. 
Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Wm. C. McGuire, 

1898-1948; Comp. Hilliard C. McLean, 1898-1948. 

For Fifty Years Installed First Principal: 
(Bar added to 25-Year Jewel) 

Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Vincent G. 
Cornwall, 1894-1944. 

For Twenty-Five Years Installed First Principal: 

The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ont.— Ex. Comp. George Milne, 

1923; V. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Woods, 1924. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. James A. Elgie, 

1923. 
St. Andrew and St. John, No. 4, Toronto, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. George W. 

Slack, 1923. 
King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, Toronto, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Samuel N. 

Francis, 1923. 
Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia, Ont.-Ex. Comp. H. F. Hall, 1923. 
Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. Wilmot M. Tobey, 

1921. 
Oxford Chapter, No. 18. Woodstock, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Edward Lee, 1924. 
Mount Moria Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Herbert 

McKay, 1923. 
Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Henry S. 

Tapscott, 1920; R. Ex. Comp. Samuel W. Seago, 1922. 
Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Ben. C. Atkins, 

1921. 
St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26, Trenton, Ont— R. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Potts, 

1923; Ex. Comp. Ernest S. Hendrick, 1924. 
Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ont.— Ex. Comp. James Johnston, 

1923. 
Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Roy Freeman 

Bennett, 1923. 
McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. James Loggie, 

1923; Ex. Comp. James Allan, 1924. 
Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ont— Ex. Comp. Lincoln W. H. Ingall, 

1922. 
Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie. Ont.-V. Ex. Comp. Arthur W. Smith, 1921. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Graydon M. Good- 
fellow, 1922; Ex. Comp. Wm. Frederick Harden, 1923. 
Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope, Ont— Ex. Comp. Harry H. Holdawav, 

1920. 
Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ont.-R. Ex. Comp. Wm. W. Swindall, 

1922. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Frederick R. Drewrv, 

1923. 
Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia, Ont— Ex. Comp. Joseph Hackett, 1920; 

V. Ex. Comp. H. D. Sherrin, 1921; R. Ex. Comp. John C. Reid, 1922. 
Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas, Ont.— Ex. Comp. W. U. Latornell, 

1922; Ex. Comp. James Buston, 1918; Ex. Comp. James E. Hulse, 1924. 
Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound, Ont.— Ex. Comp. John E. 

Woolrich, 1913; Ex. Comp. Albert O. Fuller, 1914; V. Ex. Comp. 



52 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Irving Sutherland, 1919; Ex. Comp. Norman L. Kilpatrick, 1921; 

Ex. Comp. John Henry Hart, 1922. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Gilbert B. 

Bedford, 1922. 
Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Edgar V. Bingham, 

1922; Ex. Comp. Neil McKay, 1924. 
Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Ed. R. McNeill, 

1921. 
St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Murray S. Sproat, 

1923; Ex. Comp. John Irving, 1908; Ex. Comp. George Griffith, 1911; 

Ex. Comp. Sam Henson, 1918; Ex. Comp. Robert B. Galbraith, 1920; 

Ex. Comp. Gordon W. McKenzie, 1922. 
Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Frederick G. Russell, 

1923. 
Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. W. F. Waddington, 

1920; Ex. Comp. Walter R. Anderson, 1922; V. Ex. Comp. James 

Stewart, 1923; Ex. Comp. Robert M. Bright, 1921. 
Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Richard 

Routly, 1922. 
Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Harry Melvin 

Stephenson, 1923. 
Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont— R. Ex. Comp. George 

E. Richardson, 1921. 
Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall, Ont— Ex. Comp. Roy M. Nichol, 

1911; Ex. Comp. Benjamin Eastwood, 1908; Ex. Comp. Harold E. 

Farlinger, 1921; Ex. Comp. George Douglas Colquhon, 1923. 
Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. James P. 

Morrison, 1923. 
Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ont.— V. Ex. Comp. Samuel 

Halfyard, 1921. 
St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls, Ont.-Ex. Comp. William 

Angus Graham, 1922. 
Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto, Ont.-V. Ex. Comp. Edwin C. Tyers, 

1922; Ex. Comp. Samuel A. Ash, 1921. 
Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William, Ont.-R. Ex. Comp. Charles 

E. Watkins, 1923. 
Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville, Ont.— Ex. Comp. J. Howard Munro, 

1910. 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Robert 

Sproul, 1922. 
London Chapter, No. 150, London, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Joseph H. Langford, 

1919; Ex. Comp. Chas. M. Linnell, 1924. 
The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Toronto, Ont— V. Ex. Comp. Archibald 

J. Stringer, 1923. 
Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard, Ont.-Ex. Comp. Leonard 

Hill, 1923. 
Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie, Ont.-R. Ex. Comp. Harry 

William Jamieson, 1923 . 
Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell, Ont.-Ex. Comp. Arthur Alex. 

Fraser, 1918; R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Walker, 1910; V. Ex. Comp. 

Joseph Emerson Kyle, 1922; Ex. Comp. Henry Henderson Sheppard, 

1923; Ex. Comp. John Mills Boland, 1924. 
Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood, Ont.-V. Ex. Comp. Foster W. Smith, 

1923; Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Johnston, 1922; Ex. Comp. Johnston Vance, 

1920. 
St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, Toronto, Ont.-Ex. Comp. F.E.C. Butler, 



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1923. 
Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. J. 

Austin Evans, 1921; Ex. Comp. Thos. L. H. McGuire, 1922. 
Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ont.— Ex. Comp. Frederic G. Russell, 

1923; Ex. Comp. James Russell Howie, 1924. 
Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Carl Avery, 

1924; Ex. Comp. Wilbur E. Thornton, 1923; V. Ex. Comp. Frank 

Hutchinson, 1922; Ex. Comp. William A. Trench, 1921. 
Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia, Ont.— R. Ex. Comp. Edmund J. 

Marshall, 1924. 

Second Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 

On September IS, in the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, the 
Second Conference of all the Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons 
in Canada was held. All the Grand Chapters were represented, 
those from our Grand Chapter being M . Ex. Comps. Edwin Smith, 
P.G.Z. and Grand Scribe E., G. L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., R. V. E. Con- 
over, I.P.G.Z., R. Ex. Comps. C. M. Pitts, Grand H., A. G. N. Brad- 
shaw, Grand J. and myself. 

It was apparent that a favourable impression had been made by 
the previous Conference and all present entered enthusiastically 
into the discussion of the various subjects. 

M. Ex. Comp. Reginald V. Harris, K.C., Halifax, N.S., was 
Chairman, and our own M . Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, was Secretary. 

The items on the Agenda were: 

1. Grand Representatives — Selection and Duties, etc. — M. Ex. Comp. R. V. 
Harris (Nova Scotia ) 

2. Attracting the Outstanding to our Membership— R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, 

(Canada) . 

3. Uniform Receipts— M. Ex. Comp. A. A. Wilson (Saskatchewan) . 

4. District Superintendents— Methods of Selection, Duties, Instruction, Reports, 
Term, Rotation, Expenses— M. Ex. Comp. G. L. Gardiner (Canada) . 

5. Educational Literature for the Master Mason and Royal Arch Mason— M. Ex. 
Comp. B. S. Bailey (Manitoba) . 

6. Manual of Instructions— Companion to Ritual Interpreting the Rubrics— 
M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean (Canada) . 

7. Time Intervals Between York Rite Bodies— M. Ex. Comp. John McLeod 

(British Columbia) . 

8. Per Capita Tax— What are Canadian R. A. Masons doing?— What distinctive 
activities are open to us?— M. Ex. Comp. A. L. Williams (Alberta) . 

9. Attendance at Conference of Grand Chapters— Mileage Fund— Funds, Official 
Representatives of Grand Chapters— Alternative Method— M. Ex. Comp. W. 
W. Williamson (Quebec) . 

10. General Discussion— R. Ex. Comp. R. E. Crawford (New Brunswick) . 

A Committee, appointed by the Chairman, consisting of M . Ex. 
Comp. S. H. Middleton, Alberta; M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, Can- 
ada; M. Ex. Comp. B. S. Bailey, Manitoba; M. Ex. Comp. F. M. 



54 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Blois, Nova Scotia, and M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris, Nova Scotia, 
brought in the following recommendations, which were adopted: 

1. That a standing Committee on Fraternal Relations, consisting of five mem- 
bers, be appointed, to consider the recommendations made in the paper on 
Grand Representatives and report at next year's Conference. 

2. That it is desirable that the election of Grand Representatives be on the 
basis of their qualifications, rather than by a system of mere rotation. 

3. That a Committee on Educational Literature be appointed, one from each 
Grand Chapter, to prepare pamphlets for the education of our membership, 
for presentation at the next Conference. 

4. That all Grand Zs. be requested to summarize and comment during the 
course of their Annual Addresses on the Proceedings of this Second Annual 
Conference. 

5. That an Executive Committee be appointed, consisting of President, Vice- 
President, Secretary-Treasurer, Immediate Past President and two 
Appointees. 

6. That this Conference endorse the appointment of a Committee to study the 
desirability and the necessary procedure for the establishment of a Royal 
Arch Chapter of Research, under the joint auspices of the several Grand 
Chapters in Canada. 

On the invitation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Manitoba, it was decided that the next Conference will be held at 
Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

The Officers elected for the next Conference are: 

President— M. Ex. Comp. S. H. Middleton, Alberta. 

Vice-President— R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Ottawa, Canada. 

Secretary-Treasurer— M. Ex. Comp. T. Sellar Cook, Winnipeg, 
Manitoba 

Committee— M. Ex. Comps. G. L. Gardiner, Toronto, Canada 

Arthur Osgood, Montreal, Quebec 

R. V. Harris, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

The expenses of the Conference, including the travelling 
expenses of one official delegate from each Grand Chapter, are 
pooled and pro-rated on a per-capita basis, not exceeding 3 cents 
per member. Our share of the expenses of the Second Conference 
amounted to $471.53, or 2-3/8 cents per member, which I trust you 
will approve. 

In my opinion, these Conferences are most worthwhile, and I 
strongly recommend that this Grand Chapter be represented at 
the next Conference and lend every possible support. 



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Divine Services 

It is a pleasure to report that many of these Divine Services 
were held throughout the Grand Jurisdiction, with larger at- 
tendance and keener interest. Such Services cannot help but 
strengthen the foundations of our Masonic structure and I most 
heartily commend those whose efforts were responsible for their 
success. 

I would like to make special mention of the Annual Divine 
Service of District No. 8A, held under the auspices of Mount Sinai 
Chapter, No. 212, at Beth Hamidrash Hagadol, The Great Syna- 
gogue, Toronto, on Friday, March 4. Unfortunately, illness pre- 
vented me from being present, which I greatly regret. There was 
a gratifying attendance of three hundred or more Companions, 
representative of all District Chapters. Rabbi Reuben Slonim 
preached an eloquent and forceful sermon on "The Rejected 
Stone Has Become the Cornerstone", which those who were pri- 
vileged to hear it will long remember. The impressive and inspiring 
music by the choir under the capable direction of Rev. Bernard 
Wladowsky, Chazan, added greatly to this memorable occasion. 

Following the service, all present accepted the kind invitation 
to join with the congregation in a reception in the Auditorium, 
celebrating the inception of the New State of Israel. 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Emmett, Grand Supt., deserves great 
credit and our sincere thanks and appreciation for this outstanding 
contribution to Royal Arch Masonry. 



"Holiness to the Lord" 

May I be permitted to use this medium to call the attention of 
my Companions to the all-too-common habit, even of Royal Arch 
Masons, of carelessly throwing about that Name which is above 
every name, which we have been taught should be taken upon 
our lips only with that awe and reverence which are so properly 
due from the creature to his Creator. With that Great Name the 
central theme of our Royal Craft, surely we can and should, by our 
own example and our influence, inspire and promote that reverence, 
respect and homage which is due to the Great Jehovah. Particularly 
let each of us see that we do not offend in this respect. 



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Fraternal Relations with Other Masonic Bodies 

The most cordial and friendly relations continue to exist 
between this and all other Grand Bodies in our Jurisdiction. There 
is a growing tendency for leaders of the various Grand Bodies to get 
together in Conferences to discuss matters of mutual interest. It is 
more than ever my humble opinion that Masonry in this Grand 
Jurisdiction would benefit by periodical Conferences of the leaders 
of all its branches. 

Grand Master of Netherlands Made Royal Arch Mason 

The following news item from the December, 1948, issue of 
"The Royal Arch Mason" is quoted, as it will no doubt be of 
interest to our Companions: 

"What is said to have been an event of far-reaching Masonic 
importance was the conferring of the degree of Royal Arch Mason 
on Dr. L. J. J. Caron, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the 
Netherlands, at an Emergency Convocation of Anglo-Dutch Chapter 
No. 58f)8, R.A.M. in London, England, October 6, 1948. 

The event is said to have been without parallel in the annals 
of English Freemasonry, and especially in Royal Arch Masonry, for 
it anticipates the eventual introduction of Royal Arch Masonry 
into the Netherlands. 

Present at the exaltation ceremony were the Third Grand 
Principal, V. Rev. A. T. A. Naylor, Dean of Battle, and Honorary 
Chaplain to the King, Sir Sydney White, Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Lodge, Brigadier General W. H. V. Darell, Grand Master 
of the Mark Grand Lodge, and many other Masonic notables. 

Grand Secretary Sir Sydney White, of the Grand Lodge, ad- 
dressing the group, alluded to the historical background of Royal 
Arch Masonry, as set forth from the beginning, when it was de- 
clared, in the "General Laws and Regulations of the Craft", that 

'pure ancient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more, viz., those of 
Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft, and the Master Mason, including 
the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.' 

He noted that during the last quarter-century a revival of 
interest in Royal Arch Masonry was being noted, not because peti- 
tioners desired to enter another degree of Freemasonry, but because 
men were seeking the great moral values and were finding in Royal 



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Arch Masonry that something needed to complete the teachings of 
the Craft on a higher spiritual plane, and these were found in the 
Holy Royal Arch, thereby making it, in the fullest sense, the coping 
stone of the whole Masonic structure." 

Grand Superintendents 

Reviewing another successful year throughout our Grand 
Jurisdiction, one cannot fail to be impressed by the extent to which 
the efforts of our Grand Superintendents have contributed to that 
success. Their reports speak for themselves and show that those 
charged with the duties of that important office were well chosen, 
qualified and zealous workers, who earnestly endeavoured to 
promote Royal Arch Masonry in their District to the full extent of 
their ability. Weak spots have been sought out and steps taken to 
strengthen them, enthusiasm has been generated, officer material 
has been developed, encouragement has been given and a close 
liason with your Grand Z. has been maintained, all adding to the 
sum total of a year of good progress. As well as my personal ap- 
preciation of their faithful service, I am sure you all join with me 
in thanking them for a job well done. 

Grand Representatives 

It was gratifying to have present with us at our last Grand 
Convocation 50 out of the 63 Grand Representatives of Sister 
Grand Jurisdictions, thus, showing their appreciation of the high 
honour of representing a Sister Grand Chapter. This was a good 
showing, having in mind the distance many must travel, the 
infirmities of age, failing health and the demands of our daily 
vocations. It is hoped that this splendid record will continue, that 
every Grand Representative will conscientiously fulfil the duties 
of his Commission, thereby contributing much to that invisible tie 
which binds all Grand Jurisdictions into that one harmonious 
fellowship of Royal Arch Masonry around the world. 

During the year, the following were recommended by me to 
other Grand Jurisdictions to represent them near our Grand 
Chapter: 

Louisiana— R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailie Stothers. London, Ontario, to fill the 
vacancy caused by the death of R. Ex. Comp. Chas. A. Seager. 

Tennessee— R. Ex. Comp. Charles Eotheringham, Dryden, Ontario, to fill the 
vacancy caused by the resignation of R. Ex. Comp. A. P. Freed. 

Wisconsin— R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, Toronto, Ontario, to fill the 



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vacancy caused by the death of R. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. 
Wadsworth. 

On the recommendation of other Grand Jurisdiction, the fol- 
lowing Commissions were granted as our Grand Representatives 
near their Grand Chapters: 

Montana— Ex. Comp. Marion A. Averell, Choteau. 

Nevada— Ex. Comp. Carl F. Dodge, Fallon. 

Oklahoma— Ex. Comp. Frank E. Eldred, R.F.D. #1, Drumright. 

South Dakota— Ex. Comp. Charles L. Clampitt, Mitchell. 



Welfare Work 

Another year of faithful, earnest and unselfish service has been 
rendered by the Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee of Toronto 
Districts No. 8 and 8A, this splendid group representing all the 
26 Chapters in these two fine Districts. 

Their activities included, among other things, transporting 
some 650 mothers and children to and from the Toronto City 
Mission's Camp at Bronte, involving the use of 128 cars, travelling 
7,168 miles; visiting the 200 Veterans of the two World Wars 
confined to the Red Chevron Hospital in Toronto, on the first 
Monday of each month, entertaining them with their favourite 
Bingo game, distributing prizes, cigarettes, tobacco, chocolate bars, 
etc.; also conveying 80 of them to a Picnic in Toronto Exhibition 
Park during the Summer, providing them with lunch, games, etc.; 
these many efforts involving a cash expenditure of $650.00, as well 
as many material donations, all from Chapters and individual Com- 
panions of the two Toronto Districts. 

On behalf of all my Companions of this Grand Jurisdiction, it 
is a pleasure to commend Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock, Chair- 
man, and all those responsible for these fine endeavours, to extend 
best wishes for continued success, and to express the hope that 
other Chapters may emulate their example. 

It is with much pleasure that I bring to the attention of my 
Companions of this Grand Jurisdiction the splendid work being 
done by the Companions of Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall, 
who a few years ago established the "Covenant Chapter Hospital 
Fund" and each year, through voluntary contributions of its mem- 
bers, have purchased special equipment for the Cornwall General 
Hospital. A particularly pleasing feature is the enthusiastic manner 



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in which the Companions of Covenant Chapter have supported 
this practical application of what we have learned in Royal Arch 
Masonry. May their inspiring example stimulate many other Chap- 
ters to do likewise. Perhaps it is superfluous to say that this fine old 
Chapter went well over their quota for the Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund. 

Grand Council Meetings 

During the year, two meetings of your Grand Council with 
the Past Grand Zs. were held. It is a pleasure to record my apprecia- 
tion of the assistance of our Past Grand Zs., whose counsel and 
advice is of great value. 

Benevolence 

The gratitude of all the Companions of this Grand Jursidic- 
tion is due in full measure to our beloved Supervisor of Benevo- 
lence, M. Ex. Comp. Rod. B. Dargavel, for another year of faithful, 
efficient and loving service to our needy Companions and their de- 
pendents. Words are so inadequate to properly express our thanks, 
but we do sincerely appreciate his splendid efforts and hope he 
may long be permitted to continue his work of mercy. 

In addition to the amount expended from Grand Chapter 
funds for Benevolence, it is pleasing to note that $2,720.86 was 
also spent by 51 Constituent Chapters for Benevolent purposes 
during the year. 

Appreciation 

This Grand Chapter is fortunate to have had serving it as Grand 
Scribe E., for the past twenty years, M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
P.G.Z., whose wide knowledge of the details of Masonic administra- 
tion, jurisprudence, etc., pleasing personality and affable manner 
are of the utmost value and contribute much to Royal Arch Mason- 
ry. It is a pleasure for me to record my appreciation of his splendid 
co-operation and assistance, as well as that of his capable assistant, 
Miss Colling. 

I shall always remember with gratitude the loyal support and 
co-operation I have had from the other two members of the Grand 
Council throughout the past two years. Their sterling qualities 
eminently fit them for leadership in this Grand Chapter and they 
will add lustre to the high offices they occupy. 



60 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

To the Past Grand Zs. who have given me the benefit of their 
friendly advice, generous assistance and loyal support, I shall 
always be deeply grateful and hereby extend my thanks. 

During the year, the following Chapters have generously con- 
ferred on me Honorary Life Membership and I wish to record my 
thanks and appreciation to them for their kindness and this 
gracious expression of their esteem and regard: 

York Chapter, No. 62, Toronto. 
Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto. 
Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto. 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto. 
London Chapter, No. 150, London. 
Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto. 
The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto. 
King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto. 
Golden Star Chapter, U.D., Dryden. 

Scribes E. 

My thanks go out to the Scribe E. of each Chapter for their 
untiring zeal, their patient and faithful dicharge of their onerous 
duties and especially for their generous co-operation with me in 
regard to the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund campaign, 
particularly in sending out my Personal Appeal and helping me in 
so many ways. To all of them I extend my personal thanks and 
gratitude. 

Thanks 

May I take this means of expressing my thanks and deep ap- 
preciation to all those Chapters and my many individual Com- 
panions who so kindly sent me flowers, get-well cards and letters, and 
visited me during my recent illness, all of which brought home 
to me a realization of the true spirit of fraternal love and affection 
so richly enjoyed in our beloved Royal Craft. I shall always be 
grateful for these many tangible expressions of the esteem and 
regard of my Companions. 

Annual Audit of Chapter Accounts 

Too much emphasis cannot be placed upon the importance of 
the officers of each Chapter making certain that a proper financial 
audit is made of their Chapter accounts at the close of each year. 

While it is a requirement that a copy of the Auditor's report 
be handed to the Installing Officer at the time of Installation, there 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 61 

have been too many cases where this requirement has not been 
strictly observed. Unfortunately, there have been odd cases where 
Chapter finances have not been properly handled, which could 
have been avoided had the annual audit been made and the proper 
report submitted. It is the duty of the First Principal to see that 
this is done and there can be no excuse for failure to do so. 

Insurance 

It is noted that some Chapters have increased their insurance 
coverage on Regalia, Paraphernalia, etc., in view of present values 
and cost of replacement, but most Chapters have not done so, and 
several carry no insurance, showing a surprising lack of ordinary 
prudence. The importance of this matter is again emphasized. 

Regalia 

There must be throughout this Grand Jurisdiction much Re- 
galia of deceased Companions, which is of little or no value to their 
families, but which, if turned in to their Chapters, could be restored 
and put to good use. Individual Chapters might well follow this up. 

Smoking in Chapter Rooms 

A few Chapters, unfortunately, on account of lack of Banquet 
Room facilities, find it necessary to have their Refreshment Hour in 
the Chapter Room and in the odd case smoking is indulged in. 

Far be it from me to detract from the enjoyment of any of my 
Companions, but it might be appropriate to point out that our 
Chapter Rooms have been dedicated to the service of the Most 
High. We would not think of smoking in that part of our churches 
dedicated to worship services. Let us maintain a reverent attitude 
in the use we make of our Chapter Rooms. 

Wearing Jewels 

There seems to have grown up the practice of wearing Jewels 
on Sashes, which, of course, is entirely out of order and should be 
discontinued. Jewels should be worn only on the left breast. 

Grand Z.'s Expenses 

All Secretarial, Office and Postage expenses during my two- 



62 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

year term, and they have been heavy, as well as all travelling ex- 
penses for the last six months, have come out of my own pocket. 

With the transportation, hotel and food dollar worth only 
about half its former value, if your Grand Z. is to be ex- 
pected to maintain the activities of his predecessors, the necessary 
increased funds should be provided for him to do so. 

All parts of the Grand Jurisdiction desire and are entitled to a 
visit from him; the demands on his time and energies are tremend- 
ous. Certainly he should not be expected, or required, to assume 
any part of the expense involved. Provision should also be made 
for his necessary Secretarial, Office and Postage expenses. 

Therefore, I recommend that the amount set up in the Budget 
for this purpose be increased from the present annual figure of 
$1,000 to $2,000. 

Centennial — 1957 

As the year 1957 will mark 100 years since the formation of our 
Grand Chapter, I recommend: 

1. That $250.00 a year be set aside in a Centennial Fund for a 
fitting celebration of that historic occasion. 

2. That the History of our Grand Chapter be brought up to date 
and written up each year in anticipation of this event. 

3. That consideration be given to placing in the Masonic Temple 
at Hamilton a bronze tablet marking the organization of our 
Grand Chapter there in 1857. 

4. That plans be made for a campaign in 1957 to raise $100,000 
to be added to the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund to 
mark the Centennial of our Grand Chapter. 

Order of High Priesthood 

I again commend to all Present and Past First Principals this 
ancient, beautiful and solemn Order, which will again be available 
during this Grand Convocation. It cannot fail to impress and bene- 
fit all who take it and should particularly appeal to and aid those 
who are ruling First Principals. 

While not officially recognized by our Grand Chapter, it is 
compulsory in many Sister Grand Jurisdicitons. 

Youth 

Our so-called "Youth Problem" today, with so many youngsters 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 63 

with warped minds and unhealthy attitudes toward society, has its 
roots in home conditions and lack of that parental love, discipline 
and training so essentially necessary. 

The home, as it has always been, is the basic unit of society. 
Certainly every Mason should strive to maintain a stable, happy 
home where his own children may be protected and properly trained 
for life, which is a duty he owes to them and to the generation in 
which he lives. 

The most valuable product of a nation is its Youth. The char- 
acter of our growing boys and girls of today will determine the char- 
acter of our community and of our country in a few short years 
hence. Is not that the best reason why we should be earnestly 
concerned about them? 

One lesson above all others must be impressed indelibly upon 
them— a sense of God and His government of human life. Leave 
that out and no matter what other provision we may make for our 
children, we have left them poverty-stricken and not equipped to face 
life. 

How better can we influence them than by our own example. 
If fathers and Masons do not recognize their obligation of 
regular church attendance, our children will not do so. If the 
Church is not strong and doing the work we think it should, 
we as Masons have a responsibility to get into active church work 
and make it virile, active and attractive to our Youth. 

We have an obligation to our Youth to accept responsibility 
on school boards and municipal, provincial and national bodies— 
to see that those we elect are upright, honourable and the best ob- 
tainable—to get out and vote— to see that proper and adequate 
facilities are provided for supervised recreational facilities and occu- 
pational guidance. 

There is no right without a corresponding duty or obligation. 
Unless we, as individuals, properly discharge our responsibilities, 
the rights we now enjoy, so dearly won, will disappear and be gone. 
Whenever we are selfish — indulge in racial prejudice— fail to vote 
—or to be responsible citizens— we fail to set the right example to our 
Youth and gladden the hearts of those who would reduce Freedom, 
Liberty, Equality and Fraternity to Slavery, Tyranny, Intolerance 
and all the other fruits of Despotism. Communism is bred in god- 



64 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

lessness. As a nation rejects God, or the worship of God is allowed 
to die out, a vacuum is created which Communism will eagerly 
step in to fill— we will have only ourselves to blame— and we will 
have failed those we love the most and who depended on us for 
guidance and protection. 

And above all, let it never be said of any of us that we were 
TOO BUSY to spend time with our children— to talk to them— to 
play with them— to help them in their problems— to be their best 
friends and companions— to show them the pitfalls and snares— 
to point their feet and minds in the proper paths— or that we al- 
lowed business, pleasure, social or fraternal engagements, or any 
other claim upon our time, to come ahead of that of those who are 
the most precious things in life to each of us. 

"What Is Wron^ With The World?" 

How many times each of us has asked this question? We live 
amid fear and anxiety because we know something is wrong. We 
look out upon the world, which is in turmoil, uneasy, troubled; 
where all the forces of evil are active; where greed, lust, hate, envy, 
malice and grasping for power so largely dominate, and ask this 
question, but are not willing to recognize that it is something wrong 
in us, multiplied by millions the world over. Our own conscience 
tells us what is wrong, of how we try to justify behaviour which we 
know in our hearts is not right— we have preached but have failed 
to practice what we preach. 

Full well we know there is nothing wrong with our World- 
it is with the men who live in it. 

As Royal Arch Masons, we profess belief in the Great Jehovah, 
that the whole human race are His children and that, as common 
children of one Great Father, we should constitute a universal 
Brotherhood throughout the world, but we do not follow that phil- 
osophy, because it involves discomfort, expense, inconvenience, an- 
noyance, sacrifice, unselfishness, and there is strong within us the 
desire to get rather than to give, for power rather than to serve, to 
exalt physical force rather than moral power. We live in fear— of each 
other— of the loss of our material possessions— of the loss of our pre- 
ferred position. We fail or refuse to recognize the truth that Man, 
made in the image of his Creator, endowed with many of His attrib- 
utes, has a higher destiny than the possession of material things, that 
the Philosophy of Life contained in the Sermon on the Mount is as 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 65 

applicable to our modern day as when it was proclaimed two thous- 
and years ago— that Love will always triumph over Hate— that no 
idealogy, no nation and no individual which leaves God out can 
ever hope to succeed, but is foredoomed to failure. We must believe 
this ourselves, teach it to our children and live it in our daily lives. 

Mere belief in God is not enough— we must do something— act- 
here— now. We recall the story of the traveller on the lonely Jericho 
road who was set upon by robbers, beaten, robbed and left wounded 
by the roadside. Three men passed down the Jericho road that day, 
all of whom believed in God, but two were too preoccupied with 
their own affairs to do anything about their unfortunate brother. 
Only the one who might have been least expected to do so turned 
aside, ministered as best he could, retraced part of his journey with 
the injured man, made sure he was properly cared for and only then 
proceeded with his own affairs. What a lesson for us in the hurly- 
burly busy life of today. 

The future of Freemasonry is in the hands of each individual 
Mason. Surely the need was never greater for those who believe in 
God, the Great Father of Mankind, to take a resolute stand for the 
things of God— for those things which lift men up— and just as posi- 
tive a stand against those things which drag men down. There are 
none of us who cannot do his part, nor can we be excused for our 
failure to do so. The challenge to each of us is for positive individ- 
ual action — that we do what we can, where we are, with what we 
have— that we not only "live and let live," but that we live and help 
others to live. We can all do that. No day should be wasted. Life's 
hours should not be spent on things trifling and wholly temporary. 
Duty, honour and character are words of tremendous importance, to 
be translated into daily conduct and lived in preparation for 
Eternity. 

One of the great needs of today is for men who will do what is 
right, regardless of the consequences, for only one reason— because it 
is right. Perhaps we as individuals may feel 1 that our contribution 
is so small as to have no significance, but I would like to leave with 
you the thought that we are not expected to see that others do what 
they ought to do or be what they ought to be, but it is of the utmost 
importance that you and I recognize our duty to do what we ought 
to do and be what Ave ought to be. The leaven of such an influence 
exerted by the 19,000 Royal Arch Masons of our Grand Jurisdiction 
would undoubtedly have a telling effect in the communities in 
which we live. > 



66 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

We must rid ourselves of hypocrisy, not only in our national 
and international policies, but in our individual lives. All the 
troubles of the world originate in the common man. The selfish and 
greedy ways of nations are just the ways of each individual man 
multiplied a hundred-fold. When the morals of the common man 
drop, so do the morals of the nations of the world. Only as individ- 
ual human hearts are changed, will the world change. Only when 
things are made right inside of each of us will things be made right 
in the world. When we are ready to put into our everyday lives the 
practical application of what we profess to believe, to obey the Great 
Commandment "Love one another," things will begin to be right 
with the world and there will eventually come the era of Peace on 
Earth and Good-will amongst Men. 

In our efforts to promote the Kingdom of God amongst men, 
let us have constantly in mind the reality of God and that He is in- 
deed our Father in all that the term implies, so beautifully and 
forcefully portrayed in the immortal story of The Prodigal Son. 

May I remind you of the story of the man trying to console his 
friend, who was heartbroken by the ingratitude and disgraceful be- 
haviour of his only son, on whom he had lavished all the affection, 
advice and help a father could give his boy, but without effect. He 
was reminded of all he had done for the boy, who callously took all 
but continued to break his father's heart, and was advised to give 
him up and let him go his own way. As only a father would, he re 
plied that if he were his friend's boy, he would give him up, but he 
was his own boy and no matter what he did, he would never give 
him up— he would keep on giving, hoping, praying and waiting— 
but he would never give him up. Perhaps God, our Father, and the 
Father of all, is like that. How often do we break His heart with our 
waywardness and our worldliness, but He will never give us up. 

"There's a wideness in God's mercy 
Like the wideness of the sea, 
There's a kindness in His justice 
Which is more than liberty." 

One of the finest tributes to the infinite Love of God is con- 
tained in the following verses scratched on the walls of a dungeon 
by one who had spent many long years expiating a crime: 

"Could we with ink the ocean fill, 
And were the skies of parchment made, 
Were every stalk on earth a quill, 
And every man a scribe by trade; 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 67 

To write the love of God above 
Would drain the ocean dry, 
Nor could the scroll contain the whole 
If stretched from sky to sky." 

When we are baffled and discouraged by World conditions, by 
the greedy scramble for the material things of this life, and man's 
apparent "inhumanity to man," may we keep in mind the great 
purpose of Masonry,— not to right the wrongs of the world, but to 
build men— the men who will change the world and right its wrongs. 
As Emerson so aptly puts it: 

"Not gold, but only men can make 
A people great and strong— 
Men who, for Truth and Honour's sake, 
Stand fast and suffer long. 

Brave men, who work while others sleep, 
Who dare while others fly— 
They build a nation's pillars deep 
And lift them to the sky." 



CONCLUSION 

A seemingly short but very pleasant term as your Grand Z. is 
ended and I relinquish the Sceptre to a most worthy successor. I 
have earnestly tried to do the best I knew how. Undoubtedly, mis- 
takes have been made, but you are asked to be charitable in your 
judgment and attribute them to the head and not the heart. The re- 
cord of my tenure of office has been written and cannot now be 
changed. It stands for you and future generations to decide whether 
I have justified the confidence you reposed in me. 

Having been permitted to serve in the various offices of this 
Grand Chapter is an honour and a privilege which I sincerely ap- 
preciate and for which I am very grateful. The happy memories 
and the lasting friendships formed will be treasured for the rest of 
my life. As the curtain is about to fall and I am about to be 
numbered amongst the Past Grand Zs., may I use a verse from Kip- 
ling to express my feelings at this time: 

"The Captains and the Kings depart 
The shouting and the tumult dies, 
Still stands the ancient sacrifice 
A humble and a contrite heart. 
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet 
Lest we forget, Lest we forget." 

My thanks are extended to all who have assisted me in any way. 



6& GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The loyal support of my Companions, their fine fellowship and their 
many gracious and friendly acts towards me have made my term a 
thrilling experience. Would that I could have done more to show 
my appreciation. 

To our incoming Grand Z. and his Officers, I extend congratu- 
lations and best wishes for a pleasant and successful term of office 
and bespeak for them the same splendid co-operation as you have 
given me. Our Grand Chapter is to be congratulated on being able 
to have as its head so eminent, distinguished and capable a Mason 
and Christian gentleman as our highly-esteemed R. Ex. Comp. 
Clarence M. Pitts, under whose brilliant leadership Royal Arch 
Masonry should make splendid progress and with whom we shall be 
so happy to serve. 

My closing message is again one of optimism. Surely we, as in- 
dividuals, and as a Fraternity, have been richly blessed, for which 
we should be humbly grateful. Truly, from the depths of our 
hearts, we can earnestly sing: 

"O God, our help in ages past, 
Our hope for years to come, 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our Eternal home." 

The teachings of our Royal Craft, culminating in the Supreme 
Degree of the Holy Royal' Arch, the summit of Masonry, and the 
consciousness of the Presence of the Great Jehovah, just as real with 
us 'today as in those ancient times portrayed in our Degrees, prompt 
me to leave with you arid to emphasize, as we enter upon another 
year of our Grand Chapter 'history, His comforting assurance to His 
ancient people: 

"Fear not, for I am with thee; 
»; Be not : afraid, for I am thy God." 

Let us never lose sight of the fact or forget that The Great 
Architect of the Universe 1 still controls His Creation and always will. 

"God moves in a mysterious way i 
His wonders to perform." 

Surely we are daily witnessing the unfolding of His plans for 
Mankind. The darkened skies, which have hung over the world 
for so long, are showing streaks of light. The day when Peace shall 
reign upon the Earth and the Race of Men shall dwell together in 
Love, Unity and Brotherhood is slowly but surely drawing closer. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 69 



"Be still, my soul; Thy God doth undertake 
To guide the future as He has the past. 
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake: 
All now mysterious shall be bright at last." 

Let me repeat from the Christmas message of our beloved 
Sovereign, King George VI, in 1939: 

I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year, "Give me a light that 
I may tread safely into the Unknown," and he replied, "Go out into the 
darkness and put your hand into the hand of God— that shall be to you 
better than a light and safer than a known way." 

May each of us, then, my Companions, bravely and resolutely 
face whatever the future may hold for us, conscious that our 
God, a Loving Father, holds us by the hand and will continue to 
lead, guide and direct our steps, and strive to live worthily, 
that when we come to the end of the journey, as we shall all come, 
and we depart for "that unknown country, from whose bourne no 
traveller returns," it may be truly said of us: "He served the pur- 
poses of God in his generation." What more could be said of any 
man? 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 




Grand Z. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
A. G. N. Bradshaw, and- 

Resolved,— That the address of the Most Ex. the Grand Z. be referred to 
the Committee on the Grand Z.'s Address, to report thereon during the present 
Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



70 

APPENDIX ONE 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



MEMBERSHIP 



Total Membership: 



Dec. 31, 1944 16.588 

1945 17.087 

1946 17,624 

1947 18,456 

1948 19.312 



Admissions 

Joinings 

Restorations 

Withdrawals 

Suspensions 

Deaths 



Chapters Having Most Exaltations: 

Chapter No. 

Carleton 16 

Algonquin 102 

Prince of Wales 71 

Prince of Wales 226 

Tuscan 95 

St. George's 5 

Occident 77 

Palestine 54 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 59 

Pentalpha 28 

Ottawa 222 

The St. Clair 231 



Net Increase 
over previous year 



499 
537 
832 
856 
1945 
980 
84 
64 
117 
116 
396 



1946 

1.027 

69 

55 

130 

112 

372 



Location 

Ottawa 

Sault Ste. Marie 

Amherstburg 

Perth 

Sudbury 

London 

Toronto 

St. Thomas 

Brockville 

Oshawa 

Ottawa 

Toronto 



Lite 
Members 

3.947 

4,047 

4.096 

4.049 

1947 

1,325 

79 

59 

136 

117 

378 



1948 

1.317 

107 

52 

132 

60 

428 



Exaltations 
... 40 
... 31 

29 
... 29 
... 27 
... 24 
... 23 
... 22 

22 

21 

21 

21 



Chapters Having No Exaltations: 

St. James 46 St. Mans 

Georgian 56 Owen Sound 

Pembroke 58 Mattawa 

Durham 221 Durham 



Chapters Showing Largest Percentage Net Gain: 



Prince Edward 218 

Prince of Wales 226 

Excelsior 45 

Prince of Wales 71 

Lebanon 84 

Nilestown 247 

Kevstone 72 

The St. Clair 231 

Elliot 129 

Halton 234 



Shelburne 60.0^- 

Perth 38.6 

Colborne 37.5 

Amberstburg 26.4 

Wingham 20.0 

Nilestown 18.3 

Stirling 18.2 

Toronto 15.5 

Mitchell 15.0 

Georgetown 13.7 



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71 



Our Largest Chapters: 

The St. Patrick 

Occident 

Carleton 

Palestine 

St. George's 

.Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui. 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 

Ark 

Corinthian 

Algonquin 



Our Smallest Chapters: 



Niagara 

Glengarry 

St. James 

McKay 

Presqu'Ile 

Abitibi 

Durham 

Dochert 

Prince Edward 
Pembroke 



145 
77 
16 
54 
5 
1 
59 
80 
36 

102 



55 
143 

46 
243 
144 
223 
221 
248 
218 

58 



Members 

Toronto 472 

Toronto 346 

Ottawa 339 

St. Thomas 339 

London 338 

Kingston 326 

Brockville 322 

Windsor 309 

Peterboro 301 

Sault Ste. Marie 276 

Members 

Niagara-on-the-Lake 47 

Maxville 47 

St. Marys 46 

Stoney Creek 46 

Brighton 38 

Iroquois Falls 38 

Durham 36 

Arnprior 36 

Shelburne 32 

Mattawa 21 



Chapters having 10% net increase 

Chapters having gain in membership 

Chapters having loss in membership 

Chapters having no change in membership 

Membership by Districts— at January 1: 



24 

124 

22 

6 



trict 


1948 


1949 


Increase 


% 


1 


1,317 


1,383 


66 


5.0 


2 


2,013 


2,105 


92 


4.6 


3 


758 


790 


32 


4.2 


4 


869 


906 


37 


4.3 


5 


907 


945 


38 


4.2 


6 


830 


858 


28 


3.4 


7 


801 


823 


22 


2.7 


8 


1,883 


1,932 


49 


2.6 


8A 


1,764 


1,833 


69 


3.9 


9 


728 


747 


19 


2.6 


10 


1,310 


1,364 


54 


4.1 


11 


929 


984 


55 


5.9 


12 


1,181 


1.214 


33 


2.5 


13 


1,244 


1,363 


119 


9.6 


14 


785 


871 


86 


11.0 


15 


646 


688 


42 


6.5 


16 


420 


432 


12 


2.9 


17 


71 


74 


3 


4.2 



18,456 



19,312 



856 



4.6 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



APPENDIX TWO 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 



Final 
Stand- 
ing 


Chapter 


No. 


Location 


Quota 


PAID IN 




To 
Chapter 


From 

Estates 


Personal 
Appeal 


Total 


% 

of 

Quota 


1 


Golden Star. . . 


V.D. 






$ 231.90 




$ 39.00 


$ 270.00 












2 


St. John's 


6 


Hamilton 


$650 


274.00 


$1,000.00 


40.00 


1,314.00 


202.2 


3 


McKay 


243 


Stouey Creek . 


125 


210.00 




33.00 


243.00 


194.4 


4 


Hamilton 


175 


Hamilton 


425 


690.00 




117.00 


807.00 


189.9 


5 


Hiram 


2 


Hamilton 


1,000 


701.00 


1,000.00 


76.00 


1,777.00 


177.7 


6 


Tuscan 


95 


Sudbury 


550 


858.30 




47.00 


905.30 


164.6 


7 


Aylmer 


81 


Aylmer 


380 


620.00 






620.00 


163 2 










8 


Ottawa 


222 


Ottawa 


700 


1,037.50 




79.00 


1,116.50 


159.5 


9 


White Oak .... 


104 


OakviLe 


130 


143.50 




60.00 


203.50 


156.5 


10 


Smithville .... 


240 


Smithville .... 


150 


205.00 




10.00 


215.00 


143.3 


11 


St. John's 


48 


Cobourg 


200 


271.50 




15.00 


286.50 


143.2 


12 


Corinthian. . . . 


36 


Petcrboro 


900 


1,200.50 




42.00 


1,242.50 


138.1 


13 


St. George's. . . 


5 


London 


800 


1,028.23 




58.00 


1,086.23 


135.8 


14 


Preston 


245 


Preston 


215 


273.00 




15.00 


288.00 


134.0 


15 


St. John's 


103 


North Bay 


330 


406.00 




13.00 


419.00 


127.0 


16 


Bonnechere . . . 


114 


Renfrew 


180 


210.00 




18.00 


228.00 


126.7 


17 


Elliot 


129 


Mitchell 


175 


195.00 




26.00 


221.00 


126.3 


18 


Dochert 


248 


Arnprior 


110 


121.50 




16.00 


137.50 


125.0 


19 


Abitibi 


223 


Iroquois Falls . 


120 


136.35 




13.50 


149.85 


124.9 


20 


Lebanon 


220 


Lambton Mills 


330 


353.00 




49.00 


402.00 


121.8 


21 


York 


62 


Toronto 


370 


388.00 




60.00 


448.00 


121 1 








22 


Algonquin .... 


102 


Sault Ste. 
Marie 


650 


703.07 




60.00 


763.07 


117.4 


23 


St. John's 


148 


Vankleek Hill . 


180 


200.00 




11.00 


211.00 


117.2 


24 


Waterloo 


32 


Gait . 


470 


514.32 




35.25 


549.57 


1169 








25 


Temiskaming . 


169 


New Liskeard . 


330 


366.00 




19.00 


385.00 


116.7 


26 


Guelph 


40 


Guelph 


530 


560.45 




54.00 


614.45 


115.9 


27 


Keystone 


224 


Hamilton 


400 


450.50 




13.00 


463.50 


115.8 


28 


St. Andrew . . . 


238 


London 


285 


287.00 




43.00 


330.00 


115.7 


29 


McCallum .... 


29 


Dunnville 


380 


411.77 




27.00 


438.77 


115.5 


30 


Covenant 


113 


Cornwall 


520 


526.15 




74.00 


600.15 


115.4 


31 


Kitchener 


117 


Kitchener 


730 


787.00 




54.00 


841.00 


115.2 


32 


St. John's 


3 


London 


720 


751.00 




78.00 


829.00 


115.1 


33 


Amabel 


131 


Wiarton 


220 


220.00 




33.00 


253.00 


115.0 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 



73 



VICTORY THANGSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 



Final 
Stand- 
ing 


Chapter 


No. 


Location 


Quota 


PAID IN 




To 
Chapter 


From 
Estates 


Personal 
Appeal 


Total 


70 

of 
Quota 


34 


Kitchener 


210 


Russell 


$ 210 


$ 239.00 






$ 239.00 


113.8 










35 


Halton 


234 


Georgetown. . . 


225 


250.00 




$ 6.00 


256.00 


113.7 


36 


Couchiching . . 


198 


Orillia 


475 


510.00 




28.00 


538.00 


113.3 


37 


Presqu'Ile 


144 


Brighton 


120 


135.00 






135.00 


112.5 










38 


King Solomon's 


8 


Toronto 


800 


859.50 




39.00 


898.50 


112.3 


39 


St. Clair 


231 


Toronto 


440 


440.00 




50.00 


490.00 


111.4 


40 


King Cyrus . . . 


119 


Leamington. . . 


350 


367.75 




22.00 


389.75 


111.3 


41 


Harris 


41 


Ingersoll 


250 


270.00 




8.00 


278.00 


111.2 


42 


Chantry 


130 


Southampton . 


170 


183.00 




6.00 


189.00 


111.1 


43 


Prince of Wales 


226 


Perth 


180 


190.00 




10.00 


200.00 


111.1 


44 


Carleton 


16 


Ottawa 


950 


991.00 




64.00 


1,055.00 


111.0 


45 


Port Credit . . . 


230 


Port Credit . . . 


300 


314.00 




18.00 


332.00 


110.7 


46 


St. Clair 


75 


Milton 


210 


220.00 




11.00 


231.00 


110.0 


47 


King Cyrus . . . 


232 


Toronto 


290 


296.00 




21.00 


317.00 


109.3 


48 


Ark 


80 


Windsor 


875 


893.25 




61.00 


954.25 


109.1 


49 


Ulster 


219 


Toronto 


330 


335.50 




23.00 


358.50 


108.6 


50 


Manitou 


27 


Collingwood . . 


480 


491.32 




24.00 


515.32 


107.4 


51 


Mount Sinai . . 


212 


Toronto 


440 


440.00 




30.00 


470.00 


106.8 


52 


Cobalt 


203 


Cobalt 


280 


288.25 




10.00 


298.25 


106.5 


53 


Ancaster 


155 


Ancaster 


260 


270.50 




6.00 


276.50 


106.3 


54 


Grimsby 


69 


Grimsby 


220 


224.50 




9.00 


233.50 


106.1 


55 


Lucknow 


147 


Lucknow 


200 


202.00 




10.00 


212.00 


106.0 


56 


Brant 


115 


Paris 


390 


366.62 




46.00 


412.62 


105.8 


57 


Palestine 


249 


Bowmanville . . 


240 


248.76 




5.00 


253.76 


105.7 


58 


Ionic 


83 


Orangeville . . . 


260 


274.50 






274.50 


105.6 










59 


Peel 


195 


Brampton .... 


290 


290.00 




16.00 


306.00 


105.5 


60 


Humber 


246 


Weston 


220 


222.01 




10.00 


232.01 


105.4 


61 


St. Patrick 


145 


Toronto 


2,000 


2,000.00 




103.75 


2,103.75 


105.2 


62 


Prince Edward 


218 


Shelburne 


90 


91.35 




3.00 


94.35 


104.8 


63 


Toron t o — 
Antiquity . . . 


91 


Toronto 


1,145 


1,145.00 




53.00 


1,198.00 


104.6 


64 


Ezra 


23 


Simcoe 


390 


390.00 




18.00 


408.00 


104 6 








65 


Oakwood 


233 


Toronto 


225 


225.00 




10.00 


235.00 


104.4 


66 


Caledonia 


236 


Caledonia 


200 


200.54 




8.00 


208.54 


104.3 



74 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
VICTORY THANGSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 



Final 
Stand- 
ing 


Chapter 


No. 


Location 


Quota 


PAID IN 




To 

Chapter 


From 
Estates 


Personal 
Appeal 


Total 


% 

of 

Quota 


67 


Bernard 


146 


Listowel 


$ 250 


$ 252.00 




$ 8.00 


$ 260.00 


104.0 


68 


Leeds 


132 


Gananoque . . . 


215 


221.50 




2.00 


223.50 


103.9 


69 


University .... 


241 


Toronto 


380 


380.00 




13.00 


393.00 


103.4 


70 


Lome 


164 


West Lome . . . 


150 


150.00 




5.00 


155.00 


103.3 


71 


Aurora 


235 


Aurora 


300 


300.00 




10.00 


310.00 


103.3 


72 


Huron 


30 


Goderich 


370 


381.00 






381.00 


103 










73 


St. James 


46 


St. Marys 


190 


191.00 




4.00 


195.C0 


102.6 


74 


Excelsior 


45 


Colborne 


75 


76.50 






76.50 


102.0 










75 


Victoria 


205 


Thornhill 


230 


234.00 






234.00 


101.7 










76 


Wellington. . . . 


47 


Chatham 


370 


375.15 




1.00 


376.15 


101.6 


77 


St. Paul's 


65 


Toronto 


580 


580.00 




1.00 


581.00 


100.2 


78 


Occident 


77 


Toronto 


1,200 


1,146.00 




56.00 


1,202.00 


100.2 


79 


Havelock 


63 


Kincardine. . . . 


210 


210.31 






210.31 


100.1 










80 


King Hiram . . . 


57 


Port Colborne . 


260 


260.00 






260.00 


100.0 










81 


Glengarry 


143 


Maxville 


120 


120.00 






120.00 


100.0 










82 


Klondike 


154 


Dawson 


200 


200.00 






200.00 


100.0 










83 


MacNabb 


88 


Dresden 


215 


204.20 




10.00 


214.20 


99.6 


84 


Pembroke 


58 


Mattawa 


75 


58.00 




14.00 


72.00 


96.0 


85 


Georgian' 


56 


Owen Sound . . 


320 


292.00 




7.00 


299.00 


93.4 


86 


Atwood 


149 


Rainy River . . 


150 


134.36 






134.36 


89.6 










87 


Hiawatha 


252 


Sarnia 


320 


255.12 




31.00 


286.12 


89.4 


88 


Northern 
Lights 


213 


Timmins 


440 


368.20 




21.00 


389.20 


88.5 


89 


Kichikewana. . 


167 


Midland 


465 


380.61 




27.00 


407.61 


87.7 


90 


Keystone 


72 


Stirling 


235 


187.00 




17.00 


204.00 


86.8 


91 


Pentalpha .... 


28 


Oshawa 


570 


471.50 




22.00 


493.50 


86.6 


92 


Niagara 


55 


Niagara-on- 
the-Lake .... 


200 


161.00 




11.00 


172.00 


86.0 


93 


Quinte- 
Friendship. . . 


227 


Belleville 


400 


319.00 




19.00 


338.00 


84.5 


94 


Lebanon 


84 


Wingham 


270 


211.50 




6.00 


217.50 


80.6 


95 


Ancient Fron- 
tenac and 
Cataraqui . . . 


1 


Kingston 


1,000 


738.50 




58.00 


796.50 


79.6 


96 


Mount Sinai . . 


44 


Napanee 


265 


202.00 




9.00 


211.00 


79.6 


97 


St. Mark's 


26 


Trenton 


400 


285.00 




32.00 


317.00 


79.4 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 
VICTORY THANGSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 



75 



Final 
Stand- 
ing 


Chapter 


No. 


Location 


Quota 


PAID IN 


% 

of 

Quota 


To 

Chapter 


From 
Estates 


Personal 
Appeal 


Total 


98 


Prince Edward 


31 


Picton 


$ 430 


$ 311.00 




$ 29.00 


$ 340.00 


79.1 


99 


Kirkland 


251 


Kirkland Lake 


340 


251.00 




17.00 


268.00 


78.8 


100 


Oxford 


18 


Woodstock 


435 


278.50 




60.00 


338.50 


77.8 


101 


Prince of 
Wales 


71 


Amherstburg . . 


225 


161.00 




13.00 


174.00 


77.3 


102 


Nilestown 


247 


Nilestown 


200 


147.00 




6.00 


153.00 


76.5 


103 


Vimy 


214 


Inwood 


200 


145.50 




6.00 


151.50 


75.8 


104 


Shekinah 


138 


Toronto 


820 


520.00 




66.00 


586.00 


71.5 


105 


Beaver 


225 


Toronto 


320 


213.50 




7.00 


220.50 


68.9 


106 


Willson 


64 


Welland 


420 


257.75 




20.00 


277.75 


66.1 


107 


Hugh Murray . 


184 


Fort Erie 
North 


210 


127.50 




10.00 


137.50 


65.5 


108 


Golden 


90 


Kenora 


360 


211.00 




24.00 


235.00 


65.3 


109 


Ionic 


168 


Campbellford . 


340 


203.50 




12.00 


215.50 


63.4 


110 


Bruce 


53 


Petrolia 


230 


127.00 




18.00 


145.00 


63.0 


111 


Beaches 


163 


Toronto 


320 


191.50 




10.00 


201.50 


62.9 


112 


Moira 


7 


Belleville 


800 


467.50 




28.00 


495.50 


61.9 


113 


St. Andrew & 
St. John 


4 


Toronto 


600 


350.00 




11.00 


361.00 


60.2 


114 


St. John's 


112 


Morrisburg . . . 


470 


273.00 




9.00 


282.00 


60.0 


115 


Thomas Peters 


250 


Windsor 


600 


342.00 




16.00 


358.00 


59.7 


116 


St. Francis. . . . 


133 


Smiths Falls . . 


500 


261.14 




27.00 


288.14 


57.6 


117 


Maitland 


68 


Kemptville . . . 


130 


59.50 




15.00 


74.50 


57.3 


118 


King Darius . . 


134 


Cannington . . . 


140 


79.18 






79.18 


56.5 










119 


London 


150 


London 


660 


352.00 




20.00 


372.00 


56.4 


120 


Beaver 


74 


Strathroy 


200 


101.00 




9.00 


110.00 


55.0 


121 


Shuniah 


82 


Port Arthur. . . 


720 


318.75 




63.00 


381.75 


53.0 


122 


St. Alban's 


217 


Toronto 


380 


191.50 




7.00 


198.50 


52.2 


123 


Granite 


61 


Almonte 


195 


95.90 




6.00 


101.90 


51.2 


124 


Fort William . . 


140 


Fort William . . 


490 


200.00 




50.00 


250.00 


51.0 


125 


Mimico 


215 


Mimico 


310 


156.00 






156.00 


50.3 










126 


Mount Moriah 


19 


St. Catharines. 


640 


295.00 




23.00 


318.00 


49.7 


127 


Signet 


34 


Barrie 


580 


249.00 




33.00 


282.00 


48.6 


128 


Mount Nebo. . 


76 


Niagara Falls . 


340 


140.00 




13.00 


153.00 


45.0 


129 


Wawanosh .... 


15 


Sarnia 


680 


280.00 




21.00 


301.00 


44.3 



76 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

VICTORY THANGSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 



Final 
Stand- 
ing 


Chapter 


No. 


Location 


Quota 


PAID IN 




To 
Chapter 


From 
Estates 


Personal 
Appeal 


Total 


/o 

of 

Quota 


130 


Mt. Horeb 


20 


Brantford 


$ 730 


$ 285.00 




$ 27.00 


$ 312.00 


42.7 


131 


Malloch 


66 


Seaf orth 


200 


84.00 




1.00 


85.00 


42.5 


132 


Orient 


79 


Toronto 


500 


196.00 




14.00 


210.00 


42.0 


133 


Maple 


116 


Carleton Place 


420 


158.00 




18.00 


176.00 


41.9 


134 


Victoria 


37 


Port Hope .... 


415 


103.00 




69.00 


172.00 


41.4 


135 


Keystone 


35 


Whitby 


230 


75.00 




20.00 


95.00 


41.3 


136 


Warkworth . . . 


110 


Warkworth . . . 


160 


58.00 




8.00 


66.00 


41.2 


137 


Sombra 


153 


Wallaceburg . . 


250 


95.00 




6.00 


101.00 


40.4 


138 


Durham 


221 


Durham 


165 


57.00 




7.00 


64.00 


38.8 


139 


Grenville 


22 


Prescott 


265 


90.50 




12.00 


102.50 


38.3 


140 


Erie 


73 


Ridgetown. . . . 


275 


95.50 




8.00 


103.50 


37.6 


141 


Madoc 


161 


Madoc 


375 


101.75 




31.00 


132.75 


35.4 


142 


Minnewawa. . . 


78 


Parkhill 


160 


56.30 






56.30 


35.2 










143 


Laurentian. . . . 


151 


Pembroke 


280 


72.50 




20.00 


92.50 


33.0 


144 


Sussex- 
St. Lawrence 


59 


Brockville .... 


950 


263.00 




27.00 


290.00 


30.5 


145 


Palestine 


54 


St. Thomas . . . 


1,000 


267.50 




33.00 


300.50 


30.1 


146 


Blenheim 


239 


Blenheim 


210 


56.00 




7.00 


63.00 


30.0 


147 


St. Paul's 


242 


Lambeth » 


165 


46.00 






46.00 


27.9 










148 


Succoth 


135 


Uxbridge 


290 


71.00 




4.00 


75.00 


25.9 


149 


Enterprise .... 


67 


Palmerston . . . 


350 


75.00 




9.00 


84.00 


24.0 


150 


Regal 


253 


Port Dover . . . 


210 


37.00 




5.00 


42.00 


20.0 


151 


Tecumseh 


24 


Stratford 


700 


82.00 




48.00 


130.00 


18.6 


152 


Midland 


94 


Lindsay 


340 


45.00 




17.00 


62.00 


18.2 


153 


Alberton. . . 


152 


Fort Frances . . 


300 






20.00 


20.00 


6.7 












nal Donation cr< 
er Special Donat 


dited 1 






$48,368.57 


$2,000.00 


$3,500.50 


$53,869.07 
25.00 
43.00 




Oth 


















Total 














$48,368.57 


$2,000.00 


$3,500.50 


$53,937.07 




























G 


RAND TOT^ 


IL 


$53,937.07 





ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 



77 



VICTORY THANGSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 
FINAL STANDING BY DISTRICTS 





District 


No. 


Quota 


PAID IN 


% 

of 

Quota 




To 
Chapters 


From 

Estates 


Personal 
Appeal 


Special 
Dona- 
tions 


Total 


1 

2 


Hamilton 

New Ontario . . 
Wellington .... 

Yukon 

Toronto West . 
Temiskaming . 

Ottawa 

Georgian 

Toronto East . 

Ontario 

St. Clair 

London 

Niagara 

Huron 

Wilson 

Prince Edward 
St. Lawrence . . 
Algoma 


5 
15 

4 
17 

8A 
16 
13 

9 

8 
10 

1 

2 

7 . 

6 

3 
11 
12 
14 


$3,400.00 
1,605.00 
3,035.00 
200.00 
6,340.00 
1,510.00 
4,025.00 
2,540.00 
7,070.00 
3,610.00 
3,520.00 
6,000.00 
2,820.00 
2,735.00 
2,405.00 
3,025.00 
3,550.00 
2,020.00 


$3,160.00 
2,025.37 
2,882.62 
200.00 
5,882.51 
1,409.80 
3,696.54 
2,142.93 
5,955.00 
2,832.44 
2,739.85 
4,463.65 
2,082.52 
1,991.81 
1,627.12 
2,008.25 
2,172.15 
1,096.01 


$2,000.00 


$364.00 
134.00 
183.25 


$25.00 


$5,549.00 
2,159.37 
3,065.87 
200.00 
6284.51 
1,490.30 
3,965.54 
2,294.93 
6,234.75 
3,042.44 
2,888.85 
4,786.65 
2,205.52 
2,100.81 
1,791.12 
2,173.25 
2,360.15 
1,292.01 


163.2 
134.5 


3 




101.0 


4 




100.0 






402.00 
80.50 
269.00 
152.00 
279.75 
210.00 
149.00 
323.00 
123.00 
109.00 
164.00 
165.00 
197.00 
196.00 




99.1 


6 




98.7 


7 




98.5 


8 




90.4 


9 




88.2 


10 




84.3 


11 




82.1 


12 




79.8 


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76.8 


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74.5 


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71.8 


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$53,894.07 





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78 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

COMMUNICATIONS AND GREETINGS 

Letters were received conveying Greetings and expressing re- 
grets for non-attendance from: 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia: Most 
Ex. Comps. John MacLeod, Grand Z., and George Hugh Mackay, 
Grand Scribe E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alberta: Most Ex. 
Comp. A. L. Williams, Grand Z., and Right Ex. Comp. Harold 
Bentley, Grand Scribe E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan: Most 
Ex. Comps. Walter E. Bristowe, Grand Z., and Alfred A. Wilson, 
Grand Scribe E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba: Most Ex. 
Comps. E. E. Grant, Grand Z., and T. Sellar Cook, Grand Scribe E. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick: Most Ex. 
Comps. W. Russell Fiske, Grand Z., and Roy E. Crawford, Grand 
Scribe E. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia, with 
Jurisdiction over Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New- 
foundland: Most Ex. Comps. F. M. Blois, Grand High Priest, 
Harold F. Sipprell, Grand Secretary, and Reginald V. Harris, K.C., 
P.G.H.P. 

Most Excellent Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Con- 
necticut: Right Ex. Comp. Bliss Clark, Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of 
Delaware: Most Ex. Comp. F. Irving Crow, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons: Most Ex. Comp. 
Allen L. Curtis, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan: Most Ex. 
Comps. J. Fairbairn Smith, P.G.H.P., Charles G. Williamson, 
P.G.H.P., and Right Ex. Comp. Fred W. Moore, Grand King. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Minnesota: Most Ex. 
Comp. John H. Anderson, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Florida: Most Ex. Comp. 
John B. Phelps, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Iowa. 
Most Ex. Comp. Harold R. Smiley, Grand High Priest, and 



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R. Ex. Comp. Ross J. Camblin, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, State of Indiana: Most 
Ex. Comp. W. Curtis Mahler, Grand High Priest. 

General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons: Most Ex. Comp. 
Roscoe R. Walcott, General Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, State of Missouri: Most 
Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow, P.G.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary of 
State of Missouri. ! 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nebraska: Most Ex» 
Comp. F. Plummer Martin, Grand High Priest, and Most Ex. Compi 
Carl R. Greisen, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. , 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of New Jersey: 
Right Ex. Comp. Dr. Godfrey Pittis, Grand Representative of thq 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, near the Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of the State of New Jersey. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal /V rcn 
Masons: Most Ex. Comps. Wright J. Burley, Frank A. Lobee, 
P.G.H.Ps.; R. Ex. Comp. R. L. Donovan, Grand King; Right Ex. 
Comp. C. A. McDonald, Grand Representative of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada near the Grand Chapter 
of the State of New York, Royal Arch Masons; and Ex. Comp. 
Raymond L. Bommer, P.H.P. of Adytum Chapter, of Buffalo, N.Y. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio; 
Most Ex. Comp. Herbert T. Leyland, P.G.H.P., Most Ex. Comp. 
Mont. C. Hambright, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Rhode Island and 

Providence Plantations: Most Ex. Comp. Daniel O. Cargill, Grand 

Hieh Priest. 

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Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia: Most Ex. 

Comp. James N. Hillman, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Vermont Royal Arch Masons: Most Ex. 
Comps. Edward S. Pike, Grand High Priest, and Aaron H. Grout, 
P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, State of Winconsin: 
Most. Ex. Comp. Wm. W. Burns, Grand High Priest, and Most Ex. 
Comp. Ward S. Rowbottom, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary, i 

The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania:' Most 
Ex. Comp. Charles F. Weeks, P.G.H.P. 



80,.,.. GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS' REPORTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT, NO. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Alvin Ross Bourne, Windsor, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to submit herewith for 
your approval, my report regarding Capitular Masonry in St. Clair 
District No. 1. 

I express my sincere thanks and deep appreciation for the 
high honour conferred upon me by the Principals and Past Princi- 
pals of St. Clair District in electing me to the office of Grand 
Superintendent, and to the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal for his confirmation of same. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. Thomas W. Appleby as 
my secretary, the duties of which office he has carried out in a 
most gratifying and efficient manner, and I extend my sincere 
thanks for his support. He has duly merited any honours that may 
be conferred on him. 

A special meeting of Principals and Past Principals and officers 
of the District was held Friday, May 21, 1948, at the Masonic 
Temple, Chatham. A fair representation of the Chapters attended 
and a very successful meeting with matters of interest was thorough- 
ly discussed. 

On my visits of inspection, I was properly received and accord- 
ed the honours due the Representative of the Grand First Principal. 
Degrees were conferred at eight of my visits and the officers 
performed their duties in a most efficient manner. Two of the 
Chapters visited were unfortunate in not having candidates, but I 
am satisfied in regard to their efficiency as to conferring degrees. 

I was the honoured guest at the Installation of Officers in seven 
Chapters in this District, and had the privilege of Officers in seven 
First Principal in each case. 

There is no doubt that Capitular Masonary in this District is 
in splendid shape, financially and otherwise, and I predict a success 
for all Chapters. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 81 

While the donations to the Benevolent Fund are a little slow, 
I feel sure the Chapters will reach their quota if given a little time. 

In closing, I again express my thanks to all those who helped in 
making my term of office a pleasant and an educational memory. 

LONDON DISTRICT, NO. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. George Thomas Edward Martin, London, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent of London 
District, No. 2, nears its completion, it is with pleasure that I submit 
the following report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry. 

I express my gratitude to the Excellent Companions of London 
District who honoured my Mother Chapter, London No. 150, in 
electing me to the office of their Grand Superintendent, and I 
thank Most Excellent Companion Fred W. Dean for his confidence 
in confirming my election. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Harold Steels as my 
Secretary. The choice proved to be a happy one. This officer per- 
formed his duties conscientiously, efficiently, punctiliously and 
pleasantly, and I owe him my sincere thanks for his able assistance. 

Before proceeding further with this report, I desire to say 
that R. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Mitchell, my immediate predecessor 
in office, gave me, unstintedly, most helpful assistance, and his 
kindly advice proved of utmost value. 

On June 14, 1948, I called a district meeting of Principals and 
Scribes E. I regret to say that the attendance was disappointing. 
However, those who were good enough to attend were helpful in 
their suggestions and from ideas gathered at this time I was able 
to plan the routine of my inspection visits. Splendid assistance at 
this meeting was given me by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, V. Ex. Comp. Harry Abell, R. Ex. Comp. 
Bailie Stothers and Ex. Comp. Ben. S. Scott. 

From my own experience as a candidate, I felt that the indivi- 
dual taking the degree could absorb but little of the lessons in- 
tended to be taught. There was too much going on around him; 
concentration on following the instructions of his guide; and, then, 
just his own plain curiosity, all of which detracted his attention 



82 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

from the real things being imparted. Bearing my reactions in mind, 
I made it a point to review the degree of the evening with the 
candidates while they were quietly sitting in the Chapter room, 
reviewing carefully what had taken place, giving some explanations 
of the symbols used and endeavored to stress the application of 
the important moral obligations just undertaken. In this way I 
hoped some particular thought would be impressed and, curiosity 
aroused, would lead to the individual's desire of acquiring and 
extending his knowledge of Freemasonry, thereby assuring, for 
some time at least, regular attendance at Chapter. 

The Manual of Instructions, issued by Grand Chapter in 1947, 
has, in my opinion, proved its usefulness as an authoritative guide. 

There appears to be a greater uniformity of work as a result 
of its use. Many expressions of approval of this brochure have been 
made to me by ruling Principals and Directors of Ceremonies of 
Chapters in this District. 

I greatly favor inter-chapter visits and encourage them. It is 
my opinion that such visits work profitably two ways, for it helps 
to improve the standard of work and expands the friendships of 
both visitors and visited. The mutual results are amazing. 

A District Divine Service was held at St. James (Westminster) 
Church, London, Ont., on Sunday evening, October 3. It was well 
attended and we were rewarded with a most inspiring sermon by 
Brother Rev. Henry A. Merifield, B.A., B.D., the Rector, who 
preached from the theme: "What does God require of me?" I was 
privileged to read the first lesson and R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Brad- 
shaw, Grand J., who was in attendance, read the second. 

The St. Andrew Chapter, London, Ont., held its annual birth- 
day party on May 28., to which Mrs. Martin and I were invited by 
Ex. Comp. Chapman, his Officers and Companions. It was a de- 
lightful occasion and we had a most enjoyable time. Most. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, following his custom since the inception of 
this Chapter, presented the birthday cake, a succulent item, gaily 
decorated. 

Another happy occasion was that of Ladies' Night, St. John's 
Chapter, London, Ont., at which Mrs. Martin and I were the 
honoured guests of Ex. Comp. Harold Taylor, his Officers and 
Companions. This was held on November 13., and was well 
attended. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 83 

Although we were invited to other Chapter social functions, 
and would like to have accepted, my wife and I could not attend 
for very good reasons. 

On October 29, the Chapters of London District, under the 
auspices of the District Principals' Association, held a reception for 
our Grand First Principal, M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean. 

There was a large attendance from the District and we were 
charmed with the graciousness of our guest. After being received 
in the Chapter Room the Grand Z., suitably addressed the assembly 
and performed the pleasant duty of presenting long-service jewels 
to four distinguished and faithful Companions of the District. 
M. Ex. Comp. Dean was then introduced individually to each 
Companion present. After the ceremonies the Chapter Room all 
adjourned to the banquet hall where we were given a thoughtful 
and most inspiring address by our Grand First Principal. The 
evening was a decided success and I am grateful to all who, by their 
efforts, made it so. 

Hiawatha Chapter, Sarnia, Ont., on January 22nd., held their 
"International Night" at which the G.H.P. of Capitular Masonry 
of the State of Michigan, Most Ex. Comp. A. (Mike) Burke, and 
Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, spoke. It is impossible for me to 
adequately describe the actual feelings with which one came away 
from this "fellowship" meeting, but there was, at least, a deep sense 
of the true and vital companionship which our order teaches. Would 
there were more of these international meetings! 

It is gratifying to be able to report that, in my opinion, the 
condition of Capitulary Masonry in London District, No. 2 , is 
encouraging. In every Chapter I visited there was evidence of 
sincere effort and apparent results from the conscientious efforts 
of loyal officers, past and present. Not for one moment do I suggest 
there is no room for improvement, far from it; but each Chapter is 
conscious of its weaknesses and is honestly endeavoring to correct 
them. 

The Victory Benevolent Fund is slowly, but surely, reaching 
its quota in this District. R. Ex. Comp. Bailie Stothers, Chairman 
of the fund in this District, accompanied me on most of my visits 
and he took every opportunity to stress the importance of this 
worthy undertaking. This officer is to be complimented on the 
result of his untiring efforts in this direction. 



84 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

My visits of inspection in 1948 were as follows: 

Sept. 15— Bruce Chapter No. 53, Petrolia Ont. 

Oct. 1— Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy, Ont. 

Oct. 5-St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, Lambeth, Ont. 

Oct. 7— Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer, Ont. 

Oct. 8— Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia, Ont. 

Oct. 11— Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood, Ont. 

Oct. 14— Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas, Ont. 

Oct. 18— Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill, Ont. 

Oct. 21— Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown, Ont. 

Oct. 22— St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London, Ont. 

Oct. 27— St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London, Ont. 

Oct. 28-The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238, London, Ont. 

Nov. 1— Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia, Ont. 

Nov. 16— London Chapter, No. 150, London, Ont. 

In every Chapter I was received with the dignity befitting 
the representative of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, 
and was most hospitably entertained. 

In closing, I feel that it would be unworthy of me if I did 
not express my gratitude to Most. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith for his 
generous assistance throughout the year. At the outset he assured 
me that the services of his office, and the fund of valuable knowl- 
edge he has gained over many years, were at my disposal. I found 
his expressed desire to help was not mere pleasantry, but proved to 
be sincere,— and I have benefitted by his timely guidance and help. 

This ends the happiest year of my masonic career. It was made 
by the good-will of my fellow Companions of the District and I 
shall never forget their kindness, courtesy and cordiality. 

I bespeak my successor an equally happy year and I assure him 
my unstinted support. 

WILSON DRISTRICT, NO. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Jay Leslie Churchill, Paris, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It is an honour as well as my great pleasure to submit my report 
as Grand Superintendent of Wilson District, No. 3, for the year 
1948. First, I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation 
for the honour conferred upon me by the Companions of the Dis- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 85 

trict and also by the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, for 
confirming my appointment. 

My first duty was the appointment of Ex. Comp. S. B. Stick- 
land as my Secretary, to whom I am much indebted for his assist- 
ance and advice, he acompanied me on all my visits. May I also 
express my appreciation to Ex. Comp. C. Naylor (First Principal 
of my home Chapter) and all other Companions who assisted me so 
loyally on my visits. 

My visits of inspection were as follows: 

Oct. 1— Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ont. 

M.E.M. Degree. 
Oct. 14— Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont. H.R.A. Degree. 
Oct. 20— Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris, Ont. M.M.M. Degree. 
Nov. 10-Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover, Ont. M.E.M. 

Degree. 
Nov. 12— Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll, Ont. H.R.A. 

Degree. 
Nov. 19— Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ont. M.M.M. 

Degree. 

On each of the above visits, as representative of the Grand 
First Principal, I was properly and most cordially received. The 
many expressions of kindness extended to me will remain a pleasant 
memory. All the Chapters in Wilson District have had sufficient 
candidates to keep up the interest in Capitular Masonry. During 
my visits to the six Chapters, two M.M.M. Degrees, two M.E.M. 
Degrees and two H.R.A. Degrees were conferred. The work was 
done in a very efficient manner which held the interest of all 
present. The work of the Scribes E. was commendable. 

Many Craft Masons in this District are taking advantage of 
the opportunity of receiving these three beautiful degrees. Every- 
thing is being done to interest prospective members and also to hold 
our present membership. 

Two Chapters of Instruction were held as follows: 

Nov. 24, at Oxford Chapter, Woodstock, Ont. M.M.M. Degree. 

Dec. 1, at Ezra Chapter, Simcoe, Ont. M.E.M. Degree. 

The above Degrees were exemplified and many questions asked 
during the ceremony, which made these meetings most instructive 
and interesting. 



86 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

A District Church Service was held at the Paris Presbyterian 
Church, on Sunday evening, November 21. Rev. David Gowdy, the 
minister, delivered a helpful and inspiring sermon to forty-eight 
members present representing four Chapters. 

In summing up these several activities in Wilson District, I 
feel that we are receiving greater support from our Chapter mem- 
bers and it is my sincere desire that this may be further stimulated 
by those who carry on this pleasant responsibility. 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT, NO. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. James Allan Robertson, Guelph, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It is with much pleasure that I submit my report on the condi- 
tion of Capitulary Masonry in Wellington District No. 4. 

First may I express my sincere thanks to the Companions of 
Wellington District for the high honour they conferred upon me 
in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent for the year 
1948, and to the Most Excellent the Grand Z, F. W. Dean, for 
confirming the same. 

One of my first duties was to appoint my secretary, and for 
that important service I appointed Ex. Comp. T. E. Cotton. I 
extend to him my sincere thanks for his support. I would be remiss 
in my duty if I did not express my thanks and appreciation to 
R. Ex. Comp. W. G. Kitchen for the very able assistance he has 
rendered me during my term of office. At my request he accompan- 
ied me on my visits to Kitchener and Halton Chapters, where he 
addressed the Companions in the banquet room in the interest 
of Capitular Masonry. I deeply appreciate, too, the generous co- 
operation of several Past Principals of Guelph Chapter who ac- 
companied me on many visits and whose fellowship added much 
pleasure to those occasions. 

On June 16. a Chapter of Instruction for the District was 
held in Guelph Chapter, but I regret to say that four Chapters 
were not represented. 

My Inspection Visits were as follows: 

June 8— Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston, Ont. 

July 16-Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne, Ont. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 87 

Oct. 1— Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ont. 
Oct. 5— Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ont. 
Oct. 8-Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ont. 
Oct. 15— Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown, Ont. 
Oct. 18-Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ont. 
Nov. 16— Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston, Ont. 
Nov. 18-Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ont. 

On all my visits of inspection I was received with due respect and 
courtesy. Every Chapter, with one exception, conferred degrees, 
the work in every Chapter being of a very high order. 

Wellington District was highly honoured on five occasions 
by visits from Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, the Grand First Princi- 
pal, whose presence was always an inspiration. On June 17, he 
visited Kitchener Chapter No. 117. On June 18, he visited Prince 
Edward Chapter No. 218 when seven candidates were exalted to 
the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. On Sept. 16, he visited 
Waterloo Chapter No. 32 at Gait, on the occasion of their 80th 
Anniversary. On No. 12, he visited Guelph Chapter No. 40, accom- 
panied by Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, whose son-in-law, Comp. 
Dr. G. P. Britton, received his Royal Arch Degree. On Nov. 26, he 
visited Durham Chapter No. 221. On all these occasions he was 
accompanied by a number of Grand Chapter Officers, and on each 
occasion our Grand First Principal gave an inspiring address. We 
feel that, as a result of his presence and his messages, the work of 
these Chapters took on new life, and Royal Arch Masonry was 
given fresh impetus in this entire District. 

I feel that I would be remiss in my duty if I did not give special 
mention to Prince Edward Chapter No. 218 at Shelburne. This 
Chapter had been inactive for some time. Last March our Grand Z. 
appointed a Committee with R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Taylor as Chair- 
man, to investigate the situation there. After a number of meetings 
an election was held, new officers installed, and now the Chapter 
has become very active. Twelve candidates have been exalted this 
year and further applications are still being received. I cannot 
speak too highly of the work done by R. Ex. Comp. Taylor, and 
feel that he deserves the thanks of this Grand Chapter for a job 
very well done. 

I am glad to report that Durham Chapter, whose members 
had thought of surrendering their Charter, has again become active 



88 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

and prospects there for the future look fair. I would suggest to my 
successor in office that he give to the two Chapters at Durham and 
Shelburne as much time and assistance as possible, and, in another 
year, I am sure both will be well established. 

On all of my visits I spoke of the importance of completing 
our quota to the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. Seven 
Chapters have now reached their quota. By the time that Grand 
Chapter meets I trust that Wellington District will be well "over 
the top." 

I am pleased to report that Capitular Masonry in Wellington 
District No. 4 is in a very healthy condition. All Chapters are now 
receiving candidates and prospects for the future are bright. 

In conclusion: to my Companions one and all, may I again 
express my appreciation of the honour which I have received at 
their hands, and for the opportunity to be of some small service. 
May an ever greater extension of our Companionship, one with the 
other, increase for us all the power and beauty of the Holy Royal 
Arch. 

HAMILTON DISTRICT, NO. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter Angus McDougall, Hamilton, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour to present my report on the condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry in the Hamilton District No. 5 for the year 
1948. 

First, I express my sincere thanks to all who made it possible 
for me to enjoy what I consider to be one of the happiest and most 
beneficial years in my life. Particularly do I wish to single out Ex. 
Comp. Jas. Leith, who kindly consented to act as my secretary. 
Ex. Comp. Leith was most conscientious and painstaking in the per- 
formance of his duties and, owing to his untiring efforts my duties 
were exceedingly pleasant. 

On June 28, 1948, a joint meeting of the Principals was held 
in the Masonic Hall, Hamilton. This meeting was well attended, 
all Chapters of the District except one being represented. At this 
meeting the chief points in the Grand Third Principal's address 
on Masonic Education were discussed. Ways and means of improv- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 89 

ing attendance and holding the interest, especially of the junior 
members, were also considered. A suggestion that the entire District 
might attempt a joint installation of Officers some date in Decem- 
ber provoked considerable discussion both for and against. 

My visits of inspection were as follows: 

Oct. 4— Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton, Ont. 

Oct. 19-The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, Hamilton, Ont. 

Oct. 21 -St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ont. 

Oct. 22— Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ont. 

Nov. 8— McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

Nov. 17-White Oak Chapter, No. 104, Oakville, Ont. 

Nov. 25-Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia, Ont. 

Dec. 9— St. John's Chapter, No. 6, Hamilton, Ont. 

Dec. 21— Ancaster Chapter, No. 55, Ancaster, Ont. 

On all my visits I was most cordially received and heard many 
expressions of loyalty to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Prin- 
cipal, and to Grand Chapter. On each visit a degree was worked. 
In every case except one the work was well done; in some cases it 
was little short of perfection. 

The Annual District Church Service was held in McNab 
Street Presbyterian Church on the evening of November 7, 1948. 
The speaker was Professor B. C. Diltz of the University of Toronto. 
Professor Diltz, who had just recently returned from the World 
Council of Churches which met in Amsterdam, gave a very inter- 
esting and instructive address. Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean read 
the lesson. The District was well represented at this Service. 

On November 18, I had the pleasure of witnessing and taking 
part in the beautiful service of dedicating St. Clair Chapter No. 75, 
Milton. Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, who conducted the Dedica- 
tory Services, gave a very interesting and instructive address at the 
conclusion of the Services. 

It was my privilege and pleasure to conduct the elections in 
the following Chapters: 

Dec. 6— Keystone, No. 224, Hamilton, Ont. 
Dec. 9— St. John's, No. 6, Hamilton, Ont. 
Dec. 21— Ancaster, No. 155, Ancaster, Ont. 



90 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Seven of the nine Chapters in the District exceeded their 
quotas in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 

In conclusion, may I once again thank all the Companions for 
their loyal support and kindnesses during my term of office. I 
shall ever treasure the pleasant memories of my year of service as 
Grand Superintendent. 

HURON DISTRICT, NO. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. LeRoy Reid, Seaforth, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour and pleasure to submit my report on the 
condition of Capitular Masonry as it advances to-day in the District 
of Huron. 

I thank the Companions of District No. 6 for the distinguished 
honour conferred on me in selecting me as their Grand Superintend- 
ent, and from the bottom of my heart my sincere thanks to the 
Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, for his confirmation of 
the same. 

I appointed my good friend and Companion of Malloch Chap- 
ter Ex. Comp. James A. Neilans as my secretary, and his duties 
have been efficiently and satisfactorily performed in every detail. 
His services are greatly appreciated. My thanks also to Ex. Comp. 
William J. Shannon, who faithfully accompanied me on most of 
my visits. 

On Sunday, May 30, along with a goodly number of Com- 
panions from my home Chapter, I had the extreme pleasure of 
visiting Bernard Chapter No. 146, Listowel, there to attend Divine 
Service. Seventy-five or more Companions were in attendance. 
A splendid procession, under the guidance of the D. of C. of Bernard 
Chapter, took place from the Chapter to the Presbyterian Church, 
where the service was ably conducted and the sermon splendidly 
delivered by the Rev. Capt. Kelly, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a man 
of wide experience. His discourse will long be remembered by the 
Companions in attendance. Truly the Volume of the Sacred Law 
is the Great and Shining Light that is forever beckoning and lead- 
ing onward and upward to the finer and higher things. 

On June 14, I made an Inspection visit to St. James Chapter 
No. 46, St. Mary's, an old and distinguished Chapter. The work of 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 91 

the evening, which was splendidly bound together and carried out 
to my great enjoyment, was built on Masonic Education. The First 
Principal, Ex. Comp. John Tanton, was assisted in no small meas- 
ure by R. Ex. Comp. Dell, Ex. Comps. E. W. Whyte and Norman 
Johnston. An historian surely dwells in St. James in the person of 
Ex. Comp. E. W. Whyte, well versed and well skilled. 

On June 18, I was to pay my visit to Havelock Chapter No. 63, 
Kincardine, but owing to the passing of my mother I was allowed, 
with the kind permission of the Companions of Havelock Chapter, 
to postpone the visit. They having prepared for my visit I offer my 
humble apologies in upsetting their plans, and I wish at this time 
to extend my sincere thanks to my Kincardine Campanions as well 
as to those throughout the District for their very kind expressions of 
sympathy. 

On October 1, I was in attendance at Lebanon Chapter No. 84, 
where I was properly and officially received, and while there was 
no degree conferred, a very interesting and profitable evening was 
enjoyed on Masonic Education, the proper manner of conferring 
degrees and the instruction and education of the young and newly 
exalted Companions. This Chapter received a severe blow when, 
two days following the meeting, the Scribe E., Ex. Comp. K. M. 
McLean, who was in attendance at the meeting and apparently in 
good health, was suddenly stricken and called to the Grand Chapter 
above. On the same day Comp. R. E. Cresswell, a member of long 
standing, also passed away. A few days later, on October 1, Comp. 
W. G. Wright, Senior Sojourner, lost his life in a car accident. The 
Companions sadly miss these familiar faces at their gatherings and 
will long cherish the memory of their comradeship within as well 
as without the Chapter. 

"As one by one the autumn leaves fade in the forest deep, 

So one by one to each of us must come the touch of sleep. 

As one by one the roses burst into the morning light, 

So one by one our souls shall wake again beyond the night." 

On October 1, I was in attendance at Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, 
Wingham, where the Companions of this Chapter were hosts to two 
very distinguished visitors in the persons of Most Ex. Comp. Fred 
W. Dean, our Grand First Principal, and Most Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, our Grand Scribe E. I had the extreme pleasure of being 
introduced and graciously received along with our Grand Z. and 



92 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Scribe E. by Ex. Comp. K. M. MacLennan and the Compan- 
ions present. 

A Mark Master Mason Degree was conferred on two candi- 
dates by the First Principal and his Officers in a very creditable 
manner. Before the Chapter closed every Companion had the 
pleasure of coming forward and personally grasping the hands of 
our Most Excellent Companions and having a few words with them. 

After the closing of the Chapter a fine banquet was greatly 
enjoyed. Here the Companions were privileged to be on the re- 
ceiving end of a splendid address delivered by our Grand First Prin- 
cipal—an address that not one present could doubt came directly 
from the heart. His great interest in the Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund and its 100 per cent completion was strongly 
stressed. He spoke of the great concern he felt in the proper raising 
of our sons and daughters in these ever changing times and condi- 
tions, but above all his words on "The attending of the church and 
what it means to us as Royal Arch Masons" deeply impressed the 
Companions. The address was well chosen and delivered with 
greatest sincerity, thereby revealing the type of man whom we of 
Huron feel is so well equipped and qualified to sit and rule as the 
Grand First Principal of this Grand Jurisdiction. 

Most Ex. Comp. Smith also addressed the Companions in his 
capable and jovial manner. Our Grand Scribe E. is no stranger to 
Huron District and is ever a welcome visitor to our Chapters. The 
benefits derived from this visit of the Grand Z. and the Grand 
Scribe E. will truly be of great significance to the Companions of 
Huron District. 

On October 5, I visited the Chantry Chapter No. 130, South- 
ampton. My reception by the Officers and Companions could not 
have been improved upon. No degree was conferred. The meeting 
was carried out in a most efficient manner. The Officers are com- 
posed to a great extent of Companions from our new town of Port 
Elgin who are very active and well skilled. I look for good things 
from this Chapter in the not distant future. 

On October 8, the representative of the Grand Z. in this Dis- 
trict was received and heartily welcomed on his visit to Bernard 
Chapter No. 146, Listowel. The co-operative spirit within this 
Chapter appears to be of a very high order and makes itself known 
in many ways. A Mark Degree was conferred under the guidance 



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of the Third Principal, Ex. Comp. Leslie Adair, an Officer of fine 
ability. Bernard is one of our strong pillars in Huron District, sup- 
ported by excellent Past Principals and Past Grand Chapter 
Officers. 

On October 11, I had the privilege of attending a meeting of 
St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Mary's. The importance of this meet- 
ing was greatly added to by the presence of our Grand Scribe E., 
Edwin Smith, R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand Third 
Principal, and R. Ex. Comp. Bailie Stothers. The result of this 
meeting is bearing fruit and we of Huron District greatly appre- 
ciate the presence at this meeting of the above distinguished Grand 
Chapter Officers. A light is glowing in St. James. 

On October 13, the Officers and Companions of Huron Chap- 
ter No. 30, Goderich, very graciously received me on my visit of 
Inspection. I was greatly impressed with the work by the Officers 
and Past Principals of this Chapter when they conferred the M.E.M. 
Degree on three splendid candidates. The very fine work of Ex. 
Comp. Robert Bissett was outstanding, so impressively delivered. 
And where are we going to find an equal to "young" eighty-four 
year old Ex. Comp. Dave Green,— who put across the final charge 
in a manner that made one's blood tingle with its sincerity and im- 
pressiveness? This Chapter on the shores of Lake Huron is definitely 
moving forward. 

On October 15, I made my Inspection to Havelock Chapter No. 
63, Kincardine, where I was very kindly received and welcomed. A 
Mark Master Mason Degree conferred on three candidates certainly 
proved the efficiency and qualifications of the Officers. The records 
are well kept and the business properly handled. The Past Princi- 
pals are quite active. This Chapter is in fine condition, with the 
future looking very bright for Capitular Masonry. 

On October 27, I was received with Grand Honours and heart- 
ily welcomed by the Officers and Companions of Lucknow Chapter 
No. 147, Lucknow. The Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. W. Stewart, 
is very capable and an outstanding asset to this Chapter. The 
Chapter is also supplied with many Past Grand Chapter Officers 
and Past Principals whose work and guidance are of inestimable 
value in the advancement of Capitular Masonry in this locality. I 
had the extreme pleasure of meeting and enjoying a pleasant con- 
versation with R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Charles H. MacDonald, who 



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is a member of Lucknow Chapter. I am sure this Chapter has many 
good things in store for them in the future if the Royal Arch Degree 
conferred is a slight example of things to come. 

On November 2, it was a pleasure to pay a visit to Elliot Chap- 
ter, No. 129, Mitchell, where I was properly received and cordially 
welcomed by my many friends and Companions. Capitular Masonry 
is on the march in Elliot Chapter, under the guidance of many Past 
Principals who have had Grand Chapter experience. R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred Porterfield is a shinning light as Scribe E., and to him I attrib- 
ute a good deal of the strong advance being made. At the last 
regular Convocation eleven Petitions were received and I under- 
stand more are in the offing. The records are splendidly kept, the 
business well handled and the work well done. A splendid effort! 

On November 16, the welcome I received at Lebanon Chapter 
No. 84, Wingham, left nothing further to be desired. I was properly 
received and enjoyed to the full the Exaltation of nine candidates, 
three of whom were brothers. This Chapter is to be congratulated 
as it makes a come back and is carrying Capitular Masonry steadily 
along the upward trail and into the Light. An efficient Scribe E. 
in Ex. Comp. Somers is a bulwark of strength in Lebanon. This 
Chapter is fast becoming strong in the District which augers well 
for Royal Arch Masonry. 

On November 26, my visits of Inspection were concluded at 
Tecumseh Chapter No. 24, Stratford. I was properly received by 
Ex. Comp. Swatridge, his Officers and Companions. For the second 
time I had the pleasure of witnessing the Exaltation of nine candi- 
dates to the Supreme Degree jf the Holy Royal Arch. The work of 
the Degree was extremely well done by all the Officers. The Chapter 
is blessed with many Past Principals well prepared to offer assist- 
ance at any time. Their guidance is strongly reflected in all depart- 
ments of the Chapter. The Chapter is strong throughout and the 
future is glowing brightly. The last communication I received from 
the Scribe E. informs me that to date, 1949, Tecumseh has had 
about thirty-five candidates. Surely Capitular Masonry is well taken 
care of in Tecumseh. Well done Tecumseh! May you long continue 
to "Send out the Light" to all young and uninformed Masons. 

So as my term of office draws to a close, I can safely report that 
Capitular Masonry within the boundaries of Huron District is on 
the move. A slight shadow may lie over one or two Chapters, but 



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the sun is penetrating that shadow and a brighter path is being 
revealed for the future. 

Candidates are of a high calibre, the work is well done, more 
education is being promoted. The Officers are efficient and the 
Scribes E. look well to their duties. We are not standing still in 
Huron, but are on the march to greater achievements for Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

My year has been all too short, but it has been a pleasant and 
enjoyable one, made so by my Companions of the District. Many 
thanks for your abundant kindnesses to me and for the privilege 
of meeting many old friends and the making of many new ones. 
May my successor find you unchanged. 

May you give to my successor in office the same hand of com- 
panionship and assistance as extended to me during my term as 
your Grand Superintendent. 

NIAGARA DISTRICT, NO. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis, Grimsby, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour, privilege and tempered pleasure to present 
my report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in Niagara 
District No. 7. 

First, I wish to say to the Companions of the District, who so 
kindly and with such confidence, elected me for the important 
office of District Grand Superintendent, how much I appreciate 
and thank them for their goodwill and generosity, and also to my 
sincere friend of many years' standing (please pardon my being 
personal), the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Most Ex. 
Comp. F. W. Dean, for his confirmation of my election. 

To Ex. Comp. David Cloughley, my secretary, who gave un- 
stintingly of his time and energies, goes my sincere thanks. 

It was my pleasure, and indeed a real pleasure, one I shall 
always remember, to make visits of inspection as follows: 

Oct. 8— Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines, Ont. 
Oct. 12-Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie N., Ont. 
Oct. 25-Smithville Chapter, No. 248, Smithville, Ont. 



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Nov. 1— Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, Ont. 
Nov. 4— King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, Port Colborne, Ont. 
Nov. 5— Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 
Nov. 15— McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville, Ont. 
Nov. 19— Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls, Ont. 
Nov. 24-Willson Chapter, No. 64, Welland, Ont. 

On all my visits, I was received most cordially as the represen- 
tative of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal. There was 
a warmth and depth of feeling displayed on all my visits, and an 
outward expression of fealty and loyalty to Grand Chapter which 
made these visits very happy ones. On each visit, with the exception 
of one, degrees were conferred in a very commendable manner. 

On January 26, I held a Lodge of Instruction at Welland in 
the Most Excellent Master degree, each chapter in the district tak- 
ing part, and Willson Chapter graciously providing the candidate 
and all other necessaries. On this occasion the kitchen staff were 
forced to send an expedition out to forage for provisions and dough- 
nuts. They had provided amply as they deemed, but the attendance 
was far above the usual, every Chapter being well represented, and 
some extra well represented. Many, many thanks, Companions. 

At this meeting, we were also honoured with the presence of 
the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Fred. W. Dean, who 
was graciously pleased to commend our work, and also pressed 
home to us the privilege that is ours in supporting the Victory 
Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. This is a cause that I espoused 
on all occasions, and hope that by the time Grand Chapter meets, 
the fund is complete. 

In commencing to write this report, I speak of tempered pleas- 
ure, and the reason is, Capitular Masonry has so much to offer 
which we and this old world so sorely need, and our results seem 
to be so poor. I do not want to be misunderstood, because each 
Chapter in this District has been quite busy. For many years it has 
seemed to me that what we lack to hold the attendance at our 
Convocations is the understanding of the symbolic interpretation 
of our sublime Ritual. With very few exceptions, the letter of the 
Ritual is given reasonably well. Perhaps this could be helped by 
Grand Chapter carefully selecting some sincere and understanding 
Grand Chapter Officer, not because of administrative or organizing 
ability only, but added to these fine qualities, an urge to pass on to 



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his companions some of the hidden mysteries and truths of Royal 
Arch Masonry. I believe with all my heart that it is this earnest 
desire to impart understanding, light, and knowledge to uninform- 
ed companions, which brings dignity and nobility to the presenta- 
tion of our Ritual, and also displays the beauty of the inner man; 
a beauty we all love to see; the real man that is eternal. 

It seems to me that oral exemplification is the very best in- 
struction. Many of us cannot read or understand a blue print. 

In conclusion, I wish again to thank all the Companions of 
this District for the kindness, generosity, and friendship extended 
to me. As I write, there passes before my eyes the smiling faces 
of these Companions, with never a frown.. All exemplifying and 
proving to me this truth— "it is more blessed to give than to receive." 

TORONTO EAST DISTRICT NO. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle, Toronto, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

I respectfully submit, herewith, my report on the condition 
of Royal Arch Masonry in Toronto East District No. 8. 

First, may I record my sincere appreciation to the Ruling and 
Past Principals, for the honour which they conferred upon me, and 
also to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, for his con- 
firmation and appointment. 

i 

I have indeed been fortunate to have as my Secretary, Ex. 
Comp. William E. Pomeroy, Past Principal of The St. Patrick 
Chapter, No. 145, and his untiring efforts in behalf of the District, 
together with his counsel and inspiration, are especially worthy qf 
note, and I express to him my most heartfelt thanks. 

Immediately following the Convocation of ,Grand Chapter, I 
called a Dinner meeting of some twenty-five Past Grand Chapter 
Officers of the District, as a result of which I obtained much infor- 
mation and guidance, which has been more or less the basis of my 
activities during my term of office. I have taken full advantage of 
the wealth of knowledge that exists among the active Past Grand 
Chapter Officers, and am particularly grateful to them. 



The following is a list of my visits of inspection: 



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May 14— York Chapter, No. 62, Toronto, Ont. 

May 21— Aurora Chapter, No. 235, Aurora, Ont. 

Oct. 4— St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, Toronto. 

Oct. 6-Victoria Chapter, No. 205, Thornhill, Ont. 

Oct. 13-Beaver Chapter, No. 225, Toronto, Ont. 

Oct. 14-Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge, Ont. 

Oct. 16-The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto, Ont. 

Oct. 29— King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, Toronto, Ont. 

Nov. 1— Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Toronto, Ont. 

Nov. 2— University Chapter, No. 241, Toronto, Ont. 

Nov. 10— St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, Toronto, Ont. 

Nov. 17— St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, Toronto, Ont. 

Nov. 24-Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto, Ont. 

My reports submitted to the Grand Scribe "E" will indicate 
that the Degrees were conferred by the various Chapter Officers 
very ably, and I was happy to note the uniformity which now pre- 
vails because of the use of the "Manual of Instructions." The matter 
of having Chapter confer Degrees in a uniform manner has resulted 
in various forms of discussion for some time, but there is no doubt 
that there is now in the District a uniformity which if continued 
cannot help but bring about increased efficiency on the part of 
all officers, and a better understanding of the lessons of the Degrees 
by the Companions. 

It is also worthy of note that Chapter and Lodges of Instruction 
were held on the following dates: 

April 1, 1949-The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145-Mark Master 
Mason. 

March 16, 1949— St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217-Most Ex. Master 
Mason. 

March 7, 1949-Beaches Chapter, No. 163-Holy Royal Arch. 

I am most appreciative to the Grand Lecturer, R. Ex. Comp. 
W.S.M. Enouy, for his very active support and guidance to those who 
were in attendance at the Chapter and Lodges of Instruction, and 
I feel sure that his constructive observations will prove of great ben- 



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efit to the officers of the various Chapters, particularly in relation- 
ship to their steady graduation in the various offices of their re- 
spective Chapters. 

In accordance with the requirements of the Constitution, a 
meeting of the Ruling Principals was held on May 31, 1948, and 
periodical ones since. These meetings served a useful purpose, 
affording opportunities for discussion of various problems and 
arriving at solutions therefor. I believe also that they have brought 
the officers of the Chapters closer together and thus it has been 
pleasing to note an increase in the interchange of Chapter visita- 
tions. I am firmly convinced that encouragement should be given 
First Principals to bring about more visitations among Chapters, 
because this results in binding more closely together the Companions 
of the District, and furthermore, cannot help but bring about added 
interest to all Chapter activities. 

The annual Church Service of the District was held at the 
Eglinton United Church, Toronto, on Sunday evening, March 20, 
1949, and was in charge of Ex. Comp. the Rev. Dr. W. J. Johnston, 
Second Principal of The St. Patrick Chapter, and to him, his Board 
of Stewards, and congregation, I express thanks on behalf of the 
District. 

On Saturday, February 19, 1949, the two Toronto Districts 
tendered a Reception to Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand "Z," 
at the Masonic Temple, Yonge Street and Davenport Road. This 
was largely attended and will be remembered by me as one of the 
most delightful experiences as a Grand Superintendent. In my re- 
spectful opinion it did much to add impetus and enthusiasm to the 
Royal Craft in the two Toronto Districts. Also, it was obviously 
most inspiring to the Grand First Principal, and tangible evidence 
of the appreciation of the Companions for his zeal, fidelity and 
contribution to Royal Arch Masonry, particularly during his term 
of office. 

May I at this time also express my personal gratitude to the 
Grand Scribe "E" for his co-operation, advice, and guidance during 
the period of my office as Grand Superintendent. 

1 would be remiss if I failed to express thanks for the co-opera- 
tion I have received from the Principals' Association, but here 1 
cannot escape the conviction that we are not making the proper use 



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qf this group, which of course comprises Principals and Past 
Principals of the Toronto area. Here again we find the most active 
members of the various Chapters, who have made contributions not 
alone to their respective Chapters, but to the Royal Craft generally. 
It was my privilege oh November 29, 1948, to speak to the Ruling 
Principals along this vein, and I hope the time is not far distant 
when this group will formulate plans which will bring about added 
enthusiasm for Royal Arch Masonry, particularly in the Toronto 
Districts. 

The work of the Toronto Royal Arch Masons Welfare Com- 
mittee has, I suggest, become well-known throughout the entire 
jurisdiction, and I would be most neglected if I did not express my 
personal thanks, and those of the District, for the work accomp- 
lished, particularly at the Red Chevron Hospital of the Department 
of Veterans Affairs, and the transportation of under-privileged chil- 
dren and mothers for their vacation at Bronte Camp. 

The work undertaken by this Committee, under the Chairman- 
ship of Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock of King Solomon's Chapter, 
has, I feel sure, been an inspiration to all Royal Arch Masons. 

• I am especially grateful to The St. Patrick Chapter, not alone 
because their support enabled me, I hope, to be of service to the 
District, but also for the reception the Chapter tendered me at its 
September Convocation. This indeed was the highlight in my life 
as,a Royal Arch Mason, and will always be remembered and serve to 
forcibly remind me of my sense of responsibility not only to my 
Chapter but to the Royal Craft as a whole. 

Speaking generally, the various Chapter reports will show that 
there has been a progression in membership. This is, however, 
especially noticeable since the commencement of the new year, and 
one is encouraged to observe from Chapter Circulars the large num- 
ber of applications which are being received. However, what I sub- 
mit is of far greater importance, is a steady increase in harmony and 
understanding and general application of our tenets and precepts, 
ye.t, surely no Grand Superintendent can feel that he completes his 
term of office with a sense, of satisfaction that he has accomplished 
all that he has set out to do, or that he has not from time to time 
had a feeling of discouragement because of his inability, for instance, 
tp understand the lack of attendance on the t .part of Companions, 
a.nd in some cases their obvious lethargic interest. In giving thought 
tp the over-all picture, I; cannot help but feel that there is yet much 



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to be done, and that we should take stock in order to bring about 
a much greater degree of enthusiasm for the Royal Craft, especially 
among the general membership. I have also had the feeling that 
for some time we have been more concerned with increasing our 
membership rather than interesting members of the Craft to become 
truly Royal Arch Masons. It has been constantly said in Chapters 
and all other gatherings of Royal Arch Masons that no man can 
complete his Master Mason's Degree without the Royal Arch, and 
we know that this is fundamentally true, but let us repeatedly ask 
ourselves the question — "What do we do about it?" For instance, 
before a Craft Mason can receive all his Degrees it is demanded that 
he pass efficiently, certain examinations. This in itself is a challenge 
to him, and as a result certain tenets and principles are inculcated 
in his heart and mind, which often stimulates him to seek further 
light. Is it therefore not frequently a disappointment when he enters 
Royal Arch Masonry to receive his Mark Master Mason's and Most 
Ex. Master's Degrees in one evening, and at no time, in the main, 
is he informed of the meaning of our Rites and Ceremonies, or given 
any form of instruction, notwithstanding two officers invariably 
express the opinion that he has passed a satisfactory examination. 
This equally applies to the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal 
Arch, and while, as this Degree unfolds, he cannot help but grasp 
many of its significations, yet once he has completed the Degree, 
all too often nothing is done to encourage him to make a further 
study of the various Degrees so that his initial enthusiasm may not 
only be maintained, but given impetus. May I suggest that we are 
not going to make the desired progress in Royal Arch Masonry 
until we are sure that all candidates are full instructed and able to 
pass an examination in accordance with the requirements of the 
various Degrees, and by so doing accelerate their interest. 

To maintain the interest of all Companions is, I submit, a very 
important matter, and worthy of deep consideration on the part of 
all Chapters, because with it we may naturally expect, yes, even 
extraordinary progression. This, I believe, has been one of the chief 
factors in Companions losing interest in Royal Arch Masonry, and 
consequently they have sought outlets for their enthusiasm in other 
spheres of Masonic endeavour. May I suggest, therefore, for the 
consideration of the Chapters, that but one Degree be conferred at 
a Convocation. This would give greater opportunities to make the 
new Companion well acquainted with all others, also forcibly 
remind us that use should be made of the talents he possesses, by 



102 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

placing him on one of the many Chapter Committees, or finding 
for him some niche in Chapter affairs, which will cause him to 
rightfully feel that he has an important place to fill and that the 
future of his Chapter will depend on his interest and regular attend- 
ance at all stated Convocations. 

One cannot help but observe the influx of candidates into Craft 
Masonry and this should forcibly remind us that there are approxi- 
mately eighty-five thousand Craft Masons in our Grand jurisdiction 
who have not sought further light in Masonry by being exalted to 
the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. We have every right 
to be proud of the Royal Craft and its standing in all Masonic 
groups, but we must not forget that we cannot remain stationary. 
There can be but one goal— to go forward. The necessity for new 
members is essential and what a reservoir we have to draw from if 
we can but earnestly take advantage of the opportunities which 
present themselves— yes, even from day to day. Indeed, as I have 
drawn to the attention of my Companions on many occasions, we 
are selfish inasmuch as we fail to encourage Craft Masons to obtain 
that futher light which is ours and enjoy the truly Masonic com- 
panionship which permeates our Chapters. This, coupled with a 
practical application of our Masonic teachings, cannot help but 
make us better men in our religious and public endeavours, and thus 
set an example for others to emulate. It has been written that 'when 
all is said, the best service any man can render to his race is the 
building of a noble, refined, heroic moral character. Such men are 
in very truth the salt of the earth, without which the whole human 
fabric rots and falls to pieces'. Surely this is the purpose and miss- 
ion of the Royal Craft. It is my firm conviction that only by a 
practical application of the precepts and principles we are taught in 
our Masonic fields of endeavour, will peace on earth, good-will 
towards all men, be brought about. 

We should, therefore, constantly remind ourselves of the obli- 
gations we have taken, and consequent responsibility to our Chap- 
ters, so that our every action may be conducive towards a greater ful- 
filment of the mission of the Royal Craft. To this end I would urge 
that (1) those charged with the responsibility of governing and dir- 
ecting Chapters make sure each Convocation is well planned, and 
that Officers, Past Principals, and others, are advised, well in ad- 
vance, of the work which will be required of them. That equal care 
be given to the period of refreshment, bearing in mind the oppor- 



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tunity it affords by profit and pleasure of a social and educational 
nature. (2) That a large, active and energetic committee be ap- 
pointed, whose constant aim will be to obtain suitable material for 
membership. (3) That a Masonic Study and Instruction group be 
set up in each Chapter, for the purpose of imparting light and 
knowledge to all seeking it, and particularly that new members may 
receive necessary instruction, enabling them to pass the required ex- 
aminations, and because of their diligence, rewarded with greater 
knowledge of Masonry. 

In conclusion, I express my very deep feeling of gratification to 
all Chapters for the kindness and co-operation which has been ex- 
tended to me at all times. This has been a constant source of in- 
spiration and has done much towards enabling me to give the Dist- 
rict the best possible service commensurate with my abilities and 
qualifications. I extend congratulations and felicitations to my suc- 
cessor, and bespeak for him continuance of the co-operation and 
kindnesses I have enjoyed, and assure him of my complete support 
any time he may feel it desirable to call upon me. 

I am deeply sensible of the honour which has been mine during 
the past year, and am convinced because of it and the knowledge 
gained that 1 am obligated to give greater service to Royal Arch 
Masonry than at any time heretofore. 

TORONTO WEST DISTRICT, No. 8A 

R. Ex. Companion Charles William Emmett, 

Toronto, Ontario 

Grand Superintendent. 

In presenting my report, may I first express my sincere thanks 
and appreciation for the honour conferred upon me by the Com- 
panions of Toronto District 8A, in electing me to the high office of 
Grand Superintendent; also to Most Ex. Comp. Frederick William 
Dean, for his confirmation of my election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Charles Clayton as my 
secretary. For his untiring efforts, I offer my sincerest appreciation. 
His whole-hearted co-operation and advice on all matters incumbent 
upon my office, and the faithfulness with which he carried out his 
duties were most helpful. 

To all present and past Grand Chapter officers and Past Prin- 
cipals of the District, I express my sincere thanks for their assistance, 



104 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

wise counsel, and support so graciously extended me during my ten- 
ure of office. 

Following the instructions of Grand Chapter, a district meet- 
ing was held May 11, 1948, with representatives of all chapters in 
attendance. Business relative to the District was discussed, and a 
general explanation and discussion of Masonic education and in- 
struction took place. 

The schedule of my visits of inspection was as follows: 

No. 219 Ulster Chapter (College) 4th Thursday, June 24 

No. 195 Peel Chapter (Brampton)— 1st Tuesday, Oct. 5 

No. 215 Mimico Chapter (Mimico)— 1st Wednesday, Oct. 6 

No. 77 Occident Chapter (College)-2nd Friday, Oct. 8. 

No. 231 The St. Clair Chapter (College)-2nd Thursday, Oct. 14 

No. 246 Humber Chapter (Weston)— 3rd Friday, Oct. 15 

No. 220 Lebanon Chapter (Lambton Mills) 3rd Wedneday, Oct. 20 

No. 230 Port Credit Chapter (Port Credit)-4th Tuesday, Oct. 26 

No. 212 Mount Sinai Chapter (College)— 1st Tuesday, Nov. 2 

No. 233 Oakwood Chapter (Eglinton)— 1st Wednesday, Nov. 3 

No. 138 Shekinah Chapter (Annette)— 2nd Tuesday, Nov. 9 

No. 91 Toronto— Antiquity Chapter (College— 3rd Monday, 

Nov. 15. 

No. 232 King Cyrus Chapter (College)-3rd Tuesday, Nov. 16 

On each and every occasion, my secretary and I were most grac- 
iously received with due respect, and courtesy was shown by all in 
attendance. 

Schools of instruction were made possible by the acceptance of 
a request to Port Credit Chapter No. 230, Port Credit, to confer 
M.M.M. Degree; to Occident Chapter, No. 77, College St., to confer 
M.E.M. Degree, and to Toronto-Antiquity Chapter No. 91, to confer 
H.R.A. Degree. 

Re: Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, a special District 
meeting was held September 24, 1948. All ruling principals and 
Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund Chairmen of the various 
chapters were in attendance. A thorough discussion took place, and 
all chapter representatives were supplied with printed information 
that would be of assistance to them in completing their respective 



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quotas. It is most encouraging to find all but two chapters have 
now met their quota. These two chapters feel quite confident in 
their ability to reach their objectives before next convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

By unanimous consent of all ruling first Principals, the annual 
Divine Service for Toronto District 8A was held Friday, March 4, in 
McCaul Street Synagogue under the auspices of Mount Sinai Chap- 
ter No. 212. This being the only Hebrew Chapter in either Toronto 
Districts has made it a rather unique occasion, and every indication 
points towards a most successful evening. 

I was most pleased to accept and fulfil to the best of my ability, 
the many gracious invitations extended to my secretary and me by 
various chapters, and was encouraged by the large attendance and 
enthusiasm for Royal Arch Masonry which permeates the entire 
District. I should like at this time to express my sincere thanks for 
the courtesy shown me by R. Ex. Comp. James A. Robertson, Grand 
Superintendent of Wellington District No. 4. On each occasion I 
was privileged to accompany R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor on his 
visits to Prince Edward Chapter No. 218 Shelburne. 

The kindness and co-operation extended by R. Ex. Comp. M. 
Searle, Grand Superintendent of Toronto District 8 and his com- 
panions, has resulted in closer co-operation and mutual understand- 
ing between the two districts. This co-operation was most evident 
on the evening of February 19, 1949, when Districts 8 and 8A tender- 
ed a reception to Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, under the leadership 
of R. Ex. Comp. M. Searle and myself. On this occasion, the com- 
panions, by their large attendance and the presentation of a lovely 
gift, exemplified in a most impressive manner, the deep and sincere 
feeling they hold for Most Ex. Comp. Dean. 

To my predecessor, R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn Hewson, goes my 
sincere thanks for many kindnesses shown by him. It is with deep 
regret that I note the sudden passing of Very Ex. Comp. Alexander 
MacLeod, secretary for 1948. The passing of Alex, has been felt most 
keenly by all who were privileged to know him. 

I should also like to express my sincere thanks to those com- 
panions who continue to carry on the wonderful work under the 
auspices of the Royal Arch Masons Welfare of bringing health and 
happiness to many hundreds of needy mothers and children, and the 
less fortunate boys at the Red Chevron Hospital. 



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In closing may I say that each and every chapter has shown a 
marked increase in attendance. With the addition of many candi- 
dates in the past few years, they are now enjoying a complete com- 
plement of officers, whose zeal and fidelity for the Craft, coupled 
with that of the Companions and Past Principals, is inspiring and 
assures a firm and progressive stand for Royal Arch Masonry in years 
to come. 



GEORGIAN DISTRICT, No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Clowes Irwin, Owen Sound, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It is with a mixed feeling of honour and pleasure that I en- 
deavour to submit an accurate report of the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Georgian District, No. 9. 

At the outset I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreci- 
ation to the Principals and Past Principals of the District for the 
honour they bestowed on me, by electing me as their Grand Superin- 
tendent. I also wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Most Ex- 
cellent, the Grand First Principal, Frederick W. Dean, for confirm- 
ing my election, thus investing me with the great privilege and 
honour of acting as his representative in Georgian District. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. C. J. Baxendale of Georg- 
ian Chapter No. 56 as my Secretary and he has been most courteous 
and conscientious in performing the duties of that office. 

Acting upon the instruction given to me by the Grand Council, 
I immediately on return to my District, wrote letters to the Scribe E. 
of each Chapter advising them of my election and to announce the 
appointment of Ex. Comp. C. J. Baxendale as my Secretary. 

Realizing first, the unique geographical location of the Chap- 
ters which, all but two, border the West and South shores of Georg- 
ian Bay having an overall length of 120 miles, secondly the difficulty 
of securing good or full representation of the officers at any one 
centre for the purpose of holding a Chapter of Instruction owing to 
distance, I decided to visit each Chapter on regular Convocations 
when degrees would be conferred, and at the close to hold a period 
of Instruction with discussion on Chapter procedure including all 
degrees. 



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By this plan I was able to contact practically all the Officers 
and P.Zs. present and judging by the interest shown in our discus- 
sion, much was accomplished in unifying the work and good com- 
panionship. The benefit desired by this plan was evident by the 
excellent manner in which the work was done when making my 
visits of Inspection in the Fall and Winter. 

The highlights of the year were the holding of Two Special 
District Convocations. The first one was held on September 29th 
in the East end of the District in Couchiching Chapter No. 198, 
Orillia. The second was held on September 30th in the West, in 
Georgian Chapter No. 56, Owen Sound, when the Georgian Chapter 
celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its Institution. 

At both of these Convocations we were highly honoured and 
greatly pleased to welcome a visit from our greatly esteemed Most 
Excellent Companion, Frederick W. Dean, Grand First Principal 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada. We were also greatly pleased to 
welcome M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, G.S.E. and R. Ex. Comp. J. 
A. Taylor who accompanied the Grand Z. The powerful and con- 
vincing address delivered by the Grand Z. on this occasion, not only 
to Capitular but to Craft Masons as well, will live long in the mem- 
ory of all who were present, as being one of the most outstanding 
speakers and exponent of the tenents of Masonry. 

Many of those present later expressed their sincere appreciation 
and thanks for the privilege of hearing the Grand Z. and to those 
who added much to make these occasions such as will go down in 
history. 

The wonderful influence of these addresses is very noticeable, 
judging by the goodly numbers of applications being received from 
Craft Masons. 

The following is a report of visits: — 

Oct. 8—1 visited Couchiching Chapter No. 198, Orillia, when 
the H.R.A. degree was conferred entirely by its officers. This is very 
commendable. Couchiching Chapter has sustained a great loss in 
the passing of their Ex. First Principal Ex. Comp. L. A. Prittie, a 
prominent citizen and a devoted member of the Royal Craft. 

Oct. 12—1 made my Inspection visit to Signet Chapter No. 34, 
Barrie, when the M.E.M. degree was conferred. The Ex. First Prin- 
cipal has been moved to Toronto, and through motor trouble 
was prevented from being present. The degree was conferred by 



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Officers assisted by Past Zs. 

January 14—1 visited Amabel Chapter No. 131, Wiarton, when 
the H.R.A. degree was conferred entirely by the officers. This is the 
smallest Chapter in the District as to membership, and the officers 
are to be congratulated on the excellent manner in which the work 
is carried on. The furniture of the Chapter is kept in perfect 
condition. 

Feb.4— I made my visit to Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Mid- 
land, when the M.E.M. degree was conferred in a very efficient 
manner by the Officers of 1948, assisted by Past Zs. Although this 
was an Emergency Meeting, held on the night following the visit 
of the D.D.G.M. to the Craft Lodge, the attendance was excellent. 

Feb. 1 1— I made my visit to Manitou Chapter No. 27, Collingwood 
when the degree of M.M.M. was well conferred by the Officers of 
1948, being assisted by the Past Zs. The attendance was large and 
very gratifying. 

Feb. 25—1 made my visit to Georgian Chapter No. 56, Owen 
Sound. The M.M.M. degree was conferred in excellent manner by 
the Officers of 1948, assisted by Past Zs. The attendance was the 
largest during the past year. 

My visits to four Chapters were postponed till Winter, so that 
many of the Companions who follow the sea in ships, might be pre- 
sent on these occasions. 

I have strongly urged the necessity of punctuality in attendance 
and the hour of opening of Convocations. I have recommended that 
the furniture and regalia be kept in perfect condition. 

The need for more Inter-Chapter visits is great. The clear 
enunciation of the work given is very effective. Let us realize the 
more members we seek to bring into our Chapter, we are doing 
some thing that will greatly help to strengthen our Brother's Spirit- 
ual Life. 

I am pleased to report that the Contributions to the Victory 
Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund have increased greatly, during the 
past year, from Chapters who had not raised their full quota in 1947. 

I stressed: the need of efficient working committees, and the 
duties pertaining thereto; the great need of Uniformity in our 
degrees, by strictly adhering to the Manual of Instructions; the en- 
riching of our Convocations through the use of good music in our 



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ritualistic work; a fuller realization of our obligations as true 1 , 
faithful, industrious Craftsmen to the Great Architect, and to all 
humanity. 

I have enjoyed to the full the great honour that was bestowed 
on me by being Grand Superintendent of Georgian District, No. 9 
for the past year, and the privilege of meeting so many loyal, true 
and faithful Companions, also the joy of speaking to all to the end 
that we might be further strengthened and inspired to do still 
greater service for God. 

In conclusion I may say that throughout my visits I was cordial- 
ly received, and, with respect, as the Representative of the Grand 
First Principal. 



ONTARIO DISTRICT* No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. William Carman Blackwell, Lindsay, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

At this time of the year, with the submission of my report on 
the condition of Capitular Masonry in the Ontario District No. 10, 
I wish to pay tribute to those who made my appointment possible, 
both the members of the District, and the Officials of Grand Chapt r 
er. I trust that the confidence with which this appointment was 
made has been amply guarded and fulfilled. 

My first duty was, of course, the appointment of a suitable com- 
panion as Secretary to assist me in the Inspections. For this, I chose 
Ex. Comp. M. P. Littner, who has done more for Midland Chapter 
and brought more new Members into our Order than any person 
in the history of this Chapter. He carefully examined all books and 
records for me, and being an Insurance Executive was well qualified 
in Office practice. 

We find that Ontario District comprises a very large territory, 
so much so, that it was necessary to have Chapters of instruction at 
each end of the territory. On June the first, Pentalpha Chapter at 
Oshawa was the host for the west end of the district when Palestine 
Chapter put on the Degree work. On June 21 Ionic Chapter at 
Campbellford put on the Degree work for the east end of the Dist- 
rict. With these two degrees, and the one that was put on at Grand 
Chapter in Toronto, all the Degrees were given in a manner of 



HO GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

instruction, with the necessary comments by those in charge. 

In attempting to promote the subject of Masonic education, 
your Grand Superintendent at each of his visits spoke on some diff- 
erent subject of Masonry or some matter associated with Masonry. 

Our schedule of Visits and addresses are as follows:— 
June 21, Midland Chapter No. 94, Lindsay-Emblems of R.A.M. 
Sept. 20, Palestine No. 249, Bowmanville— Moses Tabernacle. 
Sept. 24, Corinthian Chapter No. 36, Peterborough— Hiram Abiff 
Oct. I, Excelsior Chapter No. 45, Colbourne— The First Temple 
Oct. 8, Victoria Chapter No. 37, Port Hope— Masonic Arithmetic 
Oct. 18, Ionic Chapter No. 168, Campbellford, The Second Temple 
Oct. 26, St. John's No. 48, Cobourg-Roman Catholicism and Free 

Masonry. 
Nov. 8, Warkworth No. 110, Warkworth— Bible Names in Free 

Masonry. 
Dec. 7, Pentalpha No. 28, Oshawa,— Women and Free Masonry. 
Dec. 15, King Darius, No. 134, Cannington-Comparison of Moses' 

Tabernacle and First and Second Temple. 
Dec. 10, Keystone No. 35, Whitby— The Bible in Masonry. 

I also had the privilege of introducing the Most Ex. The Grand 
First Principal at a monster rally at Bowmanville, on Dec. 21, and 
the R. Ex., the Grand 2nd Principal on the occasion of the Fortieth 
Anniversary of Ionic Chapter at Campbellford on March 17. During 
January, I had the privilege of being present with R. Ex. Comp. 
Maurice Searle, Grand Supt. of Toronto 8A, at the installations of 
the Officers of Orient Chapter and of King Solomon's Chapter. One 
public Church Service was held in the District, and was organized 
by Keystone Chapter, of Whitby, and took place at the community 
Church at Ajax on June 20. There are two services planned for 
this Spring— one in Oshawa, and I believe the one for the Eastern 
end of the District is being organized by either Corinthian or Ionic 
Chapters. 

One or more other visits were also made to all the Chapters, 
and with the possible exception of King Darius, No. 134, a great 
deal of enthusiasm is noted throughout the District, especially in the 
regeneration of Excelsior and Midland Chapters. The total net in- 
crease in District Membership is 52 spread over all the Chapters. We 
are hoping that with the driving force of the present "Z", in King 



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Darius Chapter, that they will come up again to where they should 
be. 

We would also like to mention that there is at present, an at 
tempt to organize a new Chapter at Minden to serve some of this 
very large territory north of Lindsay. 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund has been mention- 
ed on all occasions, but the request has met with varied response, 
depending on the capitular Masonic age, and residence of the mem- 
bers. The response has varied all the way from joyful co-operation al- 
most to antipathy. 

At each visit, one or other of the Degrees was conferred. The 
spoken parts of the lectures were usually almost perfect, but the 
mechanical, or floor work, occasionally lacked the correct uniform- 
ity that should be practised; so an attempt was made after the 
meetings to point out to those concerned the necessary alterations 
in their salutes, signs, approaches, or other floor work, as given 
in the manual of instructions. On all occasions, I was received in 
an accurate and impressive manner, befitting the representative of 
the Most Ex. the Grand First Principal. 

On several occasions, I had the honour and support of the 
Grand Registrar, R. Ex. Comp. Sherman Cooper. On Nov. 19, ac- 
companied by Mrs. Blackwell, I was present at the annual Ladies 
Night of Pentalpha Chapter. Again on March 11, we had the priv 
ilege and pleasure of being entertained at the Ladies Night of 
Palestine Chapter. 

I would like to submit a few suggestions for the consideration 
of the members of this District, and also Grand Chapter as well:— 

1— Annual dues should be a minimum of $5.00. 

2— Exaltation Fees a minimum of $35.00. 

3— Interrogation of the candidates in the Chapter room in the same 

manner as it is done in the Craft Lodge. 
4— The division of this District comprising over four thousand 

square miles into two districts. In this connection I may point 

out that the Grand Supt. must travel about 2500 miles in his 

duties. 
5— The Scribe "E" (excellent as some of them are) should not hold 

Office for more than five years. 
6— In the larger Chapters, Degree teams of the members— other than 



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officers — should be established to give more members a chance 

" at an active part in the work. 

7— There should be an increase in inter-Chapter visits, so that each 
Chapter is a host or a visitor to each other Chapter in the Dist- 
rict, once every two years. 

8— As is the custom, in the Metropolitan Districts, the Grand Super- 
intendent should be present at installation and should be the one 
to declare the Officers duly installed or appointed and invested 
in their respective Offices. This seems to give a greater 
' continuity or, as it were, a blessing from the Grand Council. 

9— The Grand Superintendent should first serve a term of one year 
as Secretary before being promoted to Grand Supt. 

10— A Missionary campaign should be started by Chapter members 
in the Craft Lodges, for very few of those who have not gone be- 
yond the Master Mason Degree, have the least idea that there is 
anything further than that sublime degree and do not know that 
they can complete their Masonic education by being asked or 
invited to join the capitular ranks. 

In closing I wish to thank all the Past and Present Principals 
and Companions of this District for their splendid co-operation, and 
especially the members of my own Chapter who supported me so 
faithfully so that there were from one to four carloads or even bus 
loads on each occasion. This has been, without doubt, the busiest 
Masonic year I have ever had, but with all its activities, I have 
learned much and am humbly appreciative of the opportunity 
of serving my fellow members in the most ancient and moral insti- 
tution that ever existed. 



PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT, No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Anthony Elias Holmes, Napanee, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent. 

In submitting my report of Capitular Masonry in Prince Ed- 
ward District No. 11,1 wish to express my sincere appreciation to the 
companions of the district for the opportunity of serving as their 
Grand Superintendent and to Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, our 
Grand First Principal, for confirming my election. 

Ex. Comp. William Odden Coates kindly accepted the appoint- 
ment as my Secretary and his assistance and companionship have 



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been highly appreciated. 

On May 16 the First Principals of the District attended a meet- 
ing in Belleville to arrange the dates of Inspection Visits suitable 
to their Chapters as well as a suitable date for the District Divine 
Service. This informal meeting proved very beneficial to all and I 
highly recommend such a meeting as a means of stimulating interest 
and co-operation in the District as well as a means of imparting in- 
structions and information. 

The following is a record of the Inspection Visits: 

June 25 Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling 

June 28 Madoc Chapter, No. 161, Madoc 

Sept. 21 St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26, Trenton 

Oct. 5 The Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville 

Oct. 18 Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton 

Oct. 20 Mt. Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee 

Nov. 23 Presqu'Ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton 

Dec. 13 Quinte Friendship, Chapter No. 227, Belleville 

Our District enjoyed many inter-Chapter visits and it was my 
pleasure to attend almost all of them: 

May 4— Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto to The Moira Chapter 
No. 7. 

May 19— Quinte Friendship, No. 227, to Mt. Sinai Chapter, No. 
44. The travelling triangle was presented to Quinte Friendship. 

June 5— St. George's, No. 7, London to Quinte Friendship, No. 
227. 

Sept. 17— Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton to Ancient 
Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter No. 1, Kingston. 

Sept. 20— Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, to Ionic Chapter, 
No. 168, Campbellford. 

Oct. 4— Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, to The Moira Chapter 
No. 7. 

Oct. 27-The Moira Chapter, No. 7, to Orient Chapter, No. 
79, Toronto. 

Nov. 8— Madoc Chapter No. 161, to Quinte Friendship Chapter 
No. 227. The travelling triangle was presented to Madoc Chapter. 



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Jan. 10— The Moira Chapter No. 7, to Quinte Friendship 
Chapter No. 227— joint Installation of these two Chapters. 

Our District Divine Service was held Oct. 3 in the Church of 
St. Mary Magdalen, Napanee, at 7.30 p.m. The rector, Rev. W. J. 
Robinson, gave an inspiring sermon— "We are builders." The large 
attendance of over 75 Companions was greatly appreciated. R. Ex. 
Comp. MacMillan, Grand Superintendent of St. Lawrence District 
No. 12, accompanied by several Companions of the District, honored 
us by their presence. 

After the service my home Chapter, Mt. Sinai No. 44, was host 
to a lunch and social hour in the banquet room of our Temple. 

It was my pleasure to join R. Ex. Comp. MacMillan and Com- 
panions of St. Lawrence District in their District Divine Service at 
Gananoque on September 26. 

At meetings, held in Belleville, of the Principals' Association 
on May 28 and Sept. 20 the importance of reaching the quotas of 
the Chapters to the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund was 
strongly emphasized and while all of the Chapters may not have 
reached their objectives, sincere efforts were definitely made to 
attain them. 

The degree work over the whole District is so uniform that 
the results of the issuance of the Manual of Instructions are surely 
outstanding. 

This year has been a prosperous one for all of the Chapters in 
this District and the future of Capitular Masonry in District No. 1 1 
appears to be bright. 

It was a pleasure to have my predecessor, R. Ex. Comp. E. C. 
Wood share with me on many occasions the glad hand of fellowship, 
the hospitality and the dignity of reception from the Companions of 
every Chapter in the District and so to my successor I wish the same 
abundance of happiness that it has been my pleasure to enjoy. 

"Love of man is, next to love of God, man's first duty." 



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ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT, No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. James Neil MacMillan — Gananoque, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

It affords me a great deal of pleasure to present to you my 
report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in St. Lawrence 
District No. 12. 

I would like to thank the Companions of Leeds Chapter No. 
132 and the Past Principals of this District, for the high honour 
which they conferred upon me, in selecting me as their Grand Super- 
intendent. I appreciate the confirmation of the same by Most Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. Dean, Grand Z. 

It was my pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. Walden Beckstead, 
Gananoque, as my Secretary. He accompanied me on my visits of 
inspection and gave me very great assistance. I would like to 
specially mention R. Ex. Comp. Albert Harris, Ex. Comp. George 
Gibbons, Ex. Comp. Wilbur Clow, Ex. Comp. E. P. McLennan, 
Ex. Comp. W. G. Tryon, Ex. Comp. Harold McCalpin, Ex. Comp. 
Gordon Gibson, Comp. John H. Conner, and Comp. James Cald- 
back, of Leeds Chapter. 

I am deeply grateful to R. Ex. Comp. Robert S. Cotton, Corin- 
thian Chapter No. 36, Peterborough. He was a tower of strength to 
me and to Royal Arch Masonry in general. 

My first duty was to attend a Royal Arch Masons' International 
Night at Cornwall. The Companions from Massena Chapter No. 
300, N.Y., were the guests of Covenant Chapter No. 113 G.R.C. I 
had the honour to receive the R. Ex. Comp. Clarence Pitts, the 
Grand Haggai, and the Grand Chapter officers of the State of New 
York. This was a great occasion, the international line was only 
imaginary, and Companionship revealed itself as a philosophy of 
life. 

I paid visits to Chapters outside my District and I brought 
greetings from the Grand Chapter and our Grand First Principal to 
a large number of the Craft Lodges in St. Lawrence District and 
Frontenac District. I am happy to report several inter-Chapter 
visits in my District, as well as the visit from Prince Edward Chapter 
No. 31 to Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter No. 1. R. Ex. 
Comp. A. E. Holmes was my guest on that occasion. 

My Secretary and I journeyed to Perth to join the Companions 
of Prince of Wales Chapter No. 226, when our Grand Z., Grand H., 
and Grand Scribe E., visited that progressive Chapter. I will always 



116 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

remember the new friendships, the renewed interest, and the general 
good-will of all these visits. 

I called a meeting of the Principals of the District, at Gana- 
noque, in June. It was well attended by both Principals and Past 
Grand Superintendents. It was very instructive for all concerned. 
We made plans at this meeting for a District Divine Service to be 
held September 26, in Grace United Church, Gananoque, and 
invited Very Ex. Comp. J. A. Payton, Assistant Grand Chaplain, as 
our guest preacher. 

Our Divine Service was a credit to Royal Arch Masonry, and 
I highly commend Services to be held as a District event. I was 
honoured on this occasion by R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Holmes and by 
Companions from Perth and Smith's Falls. I had the privilege of 
attending Divine Service at Prince of Wales Chapter No. 226, 
Perth, and at Mount Sinai Chapter No. 44, Napanee. 

My visits were very pleasant; I was regularly and cordially 
received by all Chapters. I made my visits on the following dates: 

Oct. 12— Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott. 

Oct. 15— St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg. 

Oct. 20— Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall. 

Nov. 1— Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 59, Brockville. 

Nov. 8— Maitland Chapter, No. 68, Kemptville. 

Nov. 19— Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, 

Kingston. 
Nov. 23— Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque. 

A degree was conferred by each Chapter and the type of work 
was very impressive. Grenville and Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapters 
conferred the Holy Royal Arch Degree while the other Chapters 
conferred the Most Excellent Master Degree. Each Chapter has a 
good set of books which means that each has a very efficient Scribe 
E. 

The District shows a net increase of 32 in its membership, with 
71 admissions, 1 affiliation, 3 restorations, 13 withdrawals, 7 sus- 
pensions, and we are left to the mourn the loss of 23 Companions 
who have been summoned into the immediate presence of the Most 
High. 

It is with sadness that I report that St. Lawrence District did 



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not reach its quota in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 
However, I would like to compliment Covenant Chapter No. 112 
and Leeds Chapter No. 132 as both these Chapters surpassed their 
individual quotas. I spoke very strongly in favour of the Fund to 
each Chapter and I hope when the final returns are made, the 
District, as a whole, will not be too far short of its quota. 

I would like to pay tribute to my predecessors for the great 
work which they did and are continuing to do in their various 
Chapters in the District. 

My own Chapter, Leeds Chapter No. 132, lost a great Com- 
panion and a great Mason in August, R. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. J. Davis. 
May his fine example live among us and be a guiding light to help 
us achieve the goal of Royal Arch Masonry in this District. 

Companions, it has been not only an honour but a privilege 
to serve you as your Grand Superintendent. I shall ever remember 
my year in office and the many friendships which I have made. It 
is my earnest hope that the Companions of St. Lawrence District 
will realize more than ever the urgent need for Sincerity, wider 
knowledge, and fuller co-operation, so that the ultimate purpose 
of Capitular Masonry may be achieved. 

I trust that my successor will have a very profitable year and 
that he will receive the same friendship and loyalty which was 
extended to me on all occasions. 



OTTAWA DISTRICT, No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Morton Webster Rogers, Carleton Place, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

In presenting my report for the year, as Grand Superintendent 
of the Ottawa District, first of all I want to thank the Principals 
and Past Principals of the District for electing me to this high office, 
and also Most Excellent Companion F. W. Dean for approving of 
my election. 

My first official duty was to appoint Excellent Companion C. 
G. Dowdall of Maple Chapter as my Secretary, and to him I owe 
my thanks for a job well done. 



118 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Ottawa District is a large one from both a numerical and a 
geographical standpoint, having twelve Chapters, and being over 
two hundred miles in extent, spread out for the most part along a 
narrow strip bordering on the Ottawa River. From this setup I 
tried to hold two meetings with the Principals and Officers, one to 
be in the north and one east of Ottawa. However this scheme did 
not work out and resulted in one meeting at Arnprior on May 26, 
where there was a small but enthuiastic meeting. I was unable to 
get a second meeting in the eastern part, but tried to make up for 
this on my visits by talking to the Principals. 

The Inspection visits were as follows: — 

Sept. 15 Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa. 

Sept. 20 Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew 

Sept. 4 Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville 

Oct. 24 Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior 

Oct. 14 Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte 

Oct. 15 Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell 

Oct. 21 Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke 

Oct. 30 Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa 

Nov. 3 Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place 

Nov. 5 St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill 

Nov. 18 Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth 

Nov: 19 St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smith's Falls. 

On Sunday, September the twelth a large number of the Com- 
panions of the District attended Divine Service at St. James Angli- 
can Church, Perth, and I was accorded the honour of reading the 
Lesson in this, the Church which I attended as a boy. R. Ex. Comp. 
MacMillan of St. Lawrence District honoured us with his presence. 

On September the twenty-fourth, at the visit to Glengarry Chap- 
ter, Maxville, it was my pleasure to present on behalf of Grand 
Chapter twenty-five year jewels to R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Munro and 
Ex. Comp. G. H. MacDougall. I trust that they will be spared to 
wear them for a good many years. 

In addition to the above I had the privilege of visiting Prince 
of Wales Chapter, Perth, on September the twenty-second and there 
to introduce our Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, 



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This meeting was a highlight in the District for at this time Prince 
of Wales was host to the neighboring Craft Lodges, which were re- 
ceived in the Chapter room and addressed by the Grand First Prin- 
cipal. They were then entertained at dinner at one of the Church 
halls where Most Ex. Comp. Dean gave an interesting talk to the 
assembled gathering. The event was a grand success. 

Another event of interest to the District was the visit of Most 
Ex. Comp. Dean to Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, on Saturday 
November the sixth. He was accompanied by Most Ex. Comp. 
Smith, and, R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand Second Principal. 
Mark Master and Most Excellent Lodges were opened in the after- 
noon at two o'clock, and a number of degrees conferred. At the din- 
ner Most Ex. Comp. Dean gave an interesting talk to the Brethren 
and Companions. The evening concluded with the Holy Royal 
Arch Degree, and thus passed another successful event in Carleton 
Chapter and in Ottawa District. 

During the year there were a number of interchange visits by 
the different chapters of the District, and this is something to be 
encouraged, and which adds to the Masonic education of those tak- 
ing part. 

On each visit the Companions gave me a warm welcome, and 
your representative was received in due and proper form, in each 
Chapter. At each Convocation degrees were conferred, and the work 
throughout the District was well and uniformly done showing the 
results of my predecessor's good work. 

At each visit I spoke on the Benevolent Fund and passed on to 
the Officers and Companions certain instruction, and then tried to 
give some highlights on the history of the Royal Craft, and to ex- 
plain some of the things and words we use in our ceremonies. 

The membership of the District showed up w r ell during the 
year, with a gain of 119 members, there being 1242 members last 
year and 1361 at the end of 1948. 

In conclusion I wish to thank the Past Grand Superintendents 
and others who accompanied me on my visits, especially R. Ex. 
Comp. D. H. Mcintosh, Superintendent in 1897, and, also the Off- 
icers and Companions of the District, who made my year a wonder- 
ful experience, which will ever live in my memory. 



120 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ALGOMA DISTRICT, No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham, Dryden, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It gives me great pleasure to submit my report on the condition 
of Royal Arch Masonry in Algoma District. 

May I express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the high 
honour conferred upon me by the Companions of this District for 
electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent, and to the Most 
Excellent Grand Z. for his confirmation of my election. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Comp. Alan C. R. Dur- 
ance as my Secretary, and Comp. the Venerable Archdeacon G. W. 
Plumridge as my Chaplain. These Companions are more than 
ornaments, being earnest and enthusiastic Masons and a real asset 
to Royal Arch Masonry. 

On all my visits I was received with Grand Honours and was 
given a real warm welcome as the representative of the Grand First 
Principal. 

On the 30 of August, 1948, I had the very great pleasure of wel- 
coming the Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, and 
Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, P.G.Z., Grand Scribe E., on their 
visit to Algoma District No. 14. They visited every Chapter in the 
District and I was more than pleased that I was able to accompany 
them. I shall always consider this as one of the greatest experiences 
of my Masonic life. Their visit will long be remembered by the 
Brethren and Companions with whom they came in contact, but 
more especially will they be remembered by the Companions of 
Golden Star Chapter U.D. It was a great event in the short history 
of Dryden Chapter. Companions were present from Kenora, Sioux 
Lookout, Red Lake, Eagle River, Madsen, Wabigoon, Ignace, Qui- 
bell and other points, making the journey by train, car and plane. 
All are looking forward to a return visit and express the hope that 
the Grand Chapter Officers will have better luck the next time they 
go "A-FISHING." 

VISITS OF INSPECTION 

Golden Chapter No. 90, Kenora, Ont.-June 23, 1948. 

I am pleased to report that Golden Chapter is doing well. The 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 121 

work is being done efficiently by a very fine group of Officers and 
Past Zs. The Scribe E. is right up on his toes and keeping a careful 
watch on all the inner workings of the Chapter. I had occasion to 
give a very fine report. 

Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances, Ont.-Oci. 12, 1948. 

It is with satisfaction I have to leport this Chapter is making 
very good progress, and is in good hands. Among the membership is 
some very excellent material and under the guiding hand of the 
past Officers we need have no fear for the future of Alberton 
Chapter. 

Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, Ont.-Nov. 17, 1948. Joint 
Meeting. Fort William, Chapter No. 140, Ft. William, Ont. 

These are two of the outstanding Chapters in Algoma District, 
and, I might add, in the Jurisdiction. They have everything it takes 
to put on the work, both in accommodation and Officers, Past and 
Present. The work is of the highest quality, Scribes E. are doing a 
fine job, and the books are in splendid condition. Everything is go- 
ing well and the future is very bright. 

Golden Star Chapter U.D., Dryden, Ont.-Dec. 20, 1948. 

Being the founder, I feel a particular pride that this Chapter 
is doing so well. We received a Dispensation on the 4 of March, 
1948, and at the end of the year had Exalted fifty-one Candidates, 
each contributing to the Victory THANKSGIVING Benevolent 
Fund. With Affiliates we have now a membership of seventy-four. 
The Officers are to be congratulated on the very fine work they 
have done. Prospects for the New Chapter are excellent. The officers 
and members are looking forward to receiving their Charter in the 
near future. 

Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, Ont.-Jan. 27, 1949. 

Here I must sound a note of regret. Although I had visited 
this Chapter on a previous occasion, I was unable to attend the even- 
ing of the Visit because of very bad weather conditions. However, I 
got in touch with R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Hirst, P.G.S., and asked him 
to inspect the Chapter and send me his report. From what I know 
this Chapter is in good hands and is measuring up to the stature of 
any other Chapter in the District. Although small in numbers there 
is a very keen group of Officers and the Scribe E knows his business 
and keeps everyone happy. 



122 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

I am pleased to report that the over-all picture of Algoma Dist- 
rict is very bright. The future holds no doubts or fears as to pro- 
gress. The work done in Algoma District is GOOD WORK, 
SQUARE WORK, SUCH WORK AS WE HAVE ORDERS TO 
RECEIVE. 

I most heartily thank every Companion of the District for his 
co-operation and help during my term of office and would ask for 
the same loyalty and support for my successor. 

My wish, that we may often meet upon the level, and there we'll 
work in love and peace and Part upon the Square. That we may 
strengthen the bonds of Truth, Relief, and Brotherly-love, and join 
in the Grand Design of Peace, the Design of God above. Work with 
a will together with God, with the tools which He has given; perfect 
our work for the building above, completing where others have 
striven. Then when in due time we leave this world and journey on 
to another; we'll meet again, in the Grand Chapter above, with the 
Grip and the Word of a Brother. 



NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. William Robertson Stewart, North Bay, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

In submitting my report on the condition of Royal Arch Mas- 
onry in this District, my first effort in the District was to try to get 
Pembroke Chapter at Mattawa operating once more and with that 
object in view I visited Companion Tongue at Mattawa early in 
September. Companion Tongue advised he would get in touch 
with the proposed candidates from whom he had applications of 
an earlier date and arrange with me for a date for them to come to 
North Bay and receive their M.M.M. and M.E.M. degrees, also a 
suitable date for the Companions of St. John's Chapter to go to 
Mattawa and put on the Royal Arch Degree and elect their officers. 

Failing to get any response from Companion Tongue I advised 
him by letter that the Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. Dean 
and the Grand Scribe E, Most Ex. Comp. Smith would be paying a 
visit to North Bay on October 12 and extended him an invitation 
to attend a dinner to be given in their honor at the Lakeview Inn, 
and also that they would be paying a visit to Mattawa on October 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 123 

13 to see what could be done to get Pembroke Chapter functioning 
again. 

On October 13 the Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. 
Dean, the Grand Scribe E., Most Ex. Comp. Smith, R. Ex. Comp. 
Nott, Ex. Comp. Stevenson and myself called on Comp. Tongue at 
Mattawa and at that time he was very optimistic about getting 
enough candidates for a field day to be held in St. John's Chapter, 
North Bay, in December or early in January. Arrangements were 
made with Companion Tongue for R. Ex. Comp. Nott and myself 
to again go to Mattawa the following Saturday to make final ar- 
rangements if enough applications were procured. 

When R. Ex. Companion Nott and I called on Comp. Tongue 
on October 15 he had three applications and the others were away 
so he was unable to see them. I arranged with Comp. Tongue to 
have another two weeks in which to contact the others he had in 
view and I again visited him on October 29. On this date he advised 
me one of the applicants had withdrawn his application and he had 
been unable to contact the others, as they had moved to Stone Cliffe 
and Des Joachims, the Hydro Development. I left the matter in 
abeyance for another two weeks to see if there would be any further 
report from Comp. Tongue, not having received any, on November 

14 I advised Most Ex. Comp. Smith, Grand Scribe E, the circum- 
stances. 

The dinner at Lakeview Inn on October 12 will long be remem- 
bered by the Companions of St. John's Chapter, also the Compan- 
ions of Tuscan and Kippawa Chapters who were lucky enough to 
be able to attend. The toast of the evening to Grand Chapter was 
very ably proposed by R. Ex. Companion Nott and Most Ex. Comp. 
Dean, the Grand First Principal, responded with a very impressive 
message which I am sure was taken to heart by all the Companions 
present. Most Ex. Comp. Smith also responded in his usual witty 
manner. 

We had as guests at this informal dinner The Master of Nipis- 
sing Lodge No. 420, W. Bro. J. Graham, and the Master of North 
Bay Lodge No. 617, W. Bro. Bromley. 

On November 9 I visited Tuscan Chapter, Sudbury. I was 
introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Shute, Grand honors were given 
after which I was conducted to the East and invited to take the 
Ex. First Principals chair. I thanked the Companions for their very 



124 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

cordial welcome and as I was aware there were several candidates 
in waiting for the M.E.M. Degree I asked Ex. Comp. Querney, the 
First Principal, to carry on with the work of the evening and I 
would convey the messages and wishes of the Grand First Principal 
after the work was completed. The Chapter was then called off 
and a Lodge of Most Excellent Masters was opened. The M.E.M. 
Degree was conferred on three candidates. I was very well pleased 
with the work as exemplified also the very fine co-operation Ex. 
Comp. Querney is getting from his fellow officers and the Compan- 
ions in general. There were a goodly number of Past First Principals 
present and six Past Grand Superintendents present. The Lodge of 
M.E.M. was closed and the Chapter called on at 10 P.M. I voiced 
my satisfaction with the work and Chapter was then closed at 10.40 
P.M. We then assembled in the banquet hall, after which the Toast 
to Grand Chapter was proposed by R. Ex. Comp. Clarke. In 
replying to the Toast to Grand Chapter I had the honor of bringing 
to the attention of the Companions some of the items our 
Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. Dean would like to see 
completed during his term of office, such as the Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fiind. I also gave a short talk on the M.E.M. 
Degree. The Third Principal's Toast completed a very enjoyable 
evening. R. Ex. Companion E. Rutledge, R. Ex. Comp. J. Milligan, 
Ex. Comp. Brown and Comp. Haley accompanied me on this visit 
to Tuscan Chapter. 

On December 2, I paid my visit to St. John's Chapter. This was 
a grand privilege for me to be able to visit my Mother Chapter as 
the representative of the Grand First Principal. I was introduced 
by R. Ex. Comp. Rutledge and accompanied in to the Chapter by 
five Past Grand Superintendents. Grand honours were given and I 
was asked to approach the East and assume the Sceptre. After thank- 
ing Ex. Comp. Stevenson for his very cordial welcome I asked him 
to resume the Sceptre and carry on with the work of the evening. The 
Holy Royal Arch Degree was then conferred on four M.E.M. in a 
very capable manner with musical ritual. Chapter was then closed 
at 11.00 P.M. and we gathered in the banquet hall for the usual 
half hour. I had the privilege of bringing a message to the Compan- 
ions and expressed my satisfaction on the progress of St. John's 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 125 

Chapter and also on Ex. Comp. Brown's report on the Victory 
Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 

On March 25, I paid my visit to Algonquin Chapter No. 102 at 
Sault Ste. Marie. Circumstances beyond my control prevented my 
visit earlier in the year as intended. As this Chapter already had a 
visit from the Grand Superintendent in 1948, I thought it better to 
postpone my visit until after the new officers were installed in 1949. 
This Chapter gave me a very friendly welcome. After Grand 
Honours I was invited to take the First Principals Chair. I thanked 
Ex. Comp. McLean for his kind welcome and asked him to resume 
the gavel and carry on with the evening work. The Most Excellent 
Masters Degree w r as then conferred on four M.M.M. in a very 
efficient manner. A choir rendering the muscial part of the Ritual 
made the work very impressive. I then expressed my satisfaction 
with the work and brought to the attention of the Companions the 
matter of the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund that it was 
very desirous that this matter be brought to a successful close before 
Grand Chapter convened in April, also other matters of interest to 
Royal Arch Masonry in general. After the Chapter was closed we 
assembled in the banquet hall and in response to the Toast to Grand 
Chapter I quoted some figures as to the number of Master Masons 
in the Craft Lodges compared to the number of Royal Arch Masons 
and why we should dispense Light and Knowledge to all uninform- 
ed Brethren. I also gave a short explanation of the work of the 
Most Excellent Master Degree. The Third Principal's Toast 
brought to a close a very satisfactory visit. Even after the Toast 
it was hard to break away and we had some very pleasant con- 
versation and met personally many of the Companions. I was 
pleased to have R. Ex. Comp. Milligan accompany me on this visit. 

In summing up in District No. 15, I must say that Capitular 
Masonry is in a very satisfactory condition. All Chapters have very 
efficient Scribes E. The degree work is excellent. The committees 
are well arranged and doing good work in the two Chapters visited. 



126 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Com- 
panions of New Ontario District No. 15 for the Honour conferred 
on me and to Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean for confirming my elec- 
tion to Grand Superintendent, District No. 15. 

A word in closing this report re Pembroke Chapter at Mattawa. 
When advice was received from Most Ex. Comp. Dean re amalgama- 
tion of Pembroke Chapter with St. John's I immediately advised 
Ex. Comp. Tongue at Mattawa that R. Ex. Comp. Rutledge and 
myself would be down to see him on January 23 and explain to him 
what would be required. On the above date R. Ex. Comp. Rutledge 
and myself visited Ex. Comp. Tongue and made arrangements for 
him to mail a ballot to all Companions of Pembroke Chapter to 
vote "yes" or "no" on amalgamation. He also promised to supply 
us at a later date the Annual Statement for the past year for Pem- 
broke Chapter which would be required for my report. Up to 
February 14, I had not had a reply so I again went to Mattawa and 
Comp. Tongue advised me he had mailed the ballots but up to that 
time had only received back three of them. I immediately advised 
the Grand Scribe E. the circumstances with the suggestion that the 
ballots be sent from the office of the Grand Scribe E. with a self 
addressed envelope enclosed for return, I also supplied a list of the 
Companions with their last known address. I have spent consider- 
able time and effort on this and now I think it is up to the Com- 
panions of Pembroke Chapter, as the Companions of St. John's 
Chapter have expressed their willingness to amalgamate. 



TEMISKAMING DISTRICT, No. 16 

R. Ex. Comp. Geo. E. McKelvie, New Liskeard, Ontario. 
Grand Superintendent. 

I have the honour to submit my report on the condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry in Temiskaming District, No. 16. 

First I wish to express my gratitude to the Companions in the 
District, who so kindly elected me to the office of Grand Super- 
intendent, and also the Grand First Principal Most Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, for his confirmation of their selection. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 127 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Lavery, as my 
Secretary, and he very ably assisted me at all my visits to the various 
chapters, and also many other duties a good secretary is capable of, 
and my sincere thanks to him for his assistance. 

The year for me, has been very interesting and instructive, and 
I only wish that I may have been able to impart more knowledge 
of Royal Arch Masonry to the Companions, of the great heritage 
which is our privilege to enjoy in Royal Arch Masonry. 

Regarding the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent fund, two of 
the chapters to date, have not completed their quota, but I feel 
sure this will be taken care of, before the annual convocation of 
Grand Chapter. Most Ex. Comp. Dean deserves the support of every 
Royal Arch Mason for the untiring effort which he has put into 
this campaign, and I sincerely hope the Companions will rally to 
his final appeal. 

It was my sad duty to attend the funeral of one of Masonry's 
most faithful and ardent members, in the passing of R. Ex. Comp. 
H. B. Hawley, at Kirkland Lake, in November, 1948, and the 
sympathy of the chapters was extended to his family. 

My visit of inspection to each chapter was as follows: 

November 3— Temiskaming Chapter No. 169, New Liskeard, 
Ont. 

November 10— Kirkland Chapter No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

November 16-Cobalt Chapter No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 

November 17— Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, 
Ont. 

November 26— Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

On every occasion I was received most cordially. The warm 
fraternal feeling which exists is an added pleasure to the office. 

I had the pleasure of witnessing degree work by each chapter, 
and I must say I was greatly impressed by the solemnity and 
uniformity of work, which I attribute to the issuing of the manual 
of instructions which I believe is showing results. With very few 
exceptions, the officers were very proficient. 

There has been a slight increase in membership during the 
year, in fact thirteen, which is over and above deaths, withdrawals, 
etc. 



128 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Having made several enquiries regarding the opening of a 
chapter at Kapuskasing, to date the response has not been very en- 
couraging, therefore I did not make a trip to that part of the 
District. However, this is something to keep in mind for the future. 

The financial standing of all the chapters is very good, and 
present indications are such, that Royal Arch Masonry, in this 
District, is in a very sound condition, with all chapters having 
excellent accommodation for their convocations. 

The major event of my term of office, was the honour which 
we had of enjoying a visit from the Grand First Principal, Most 
Ex. Comp. Dean, accompanied by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
the Grand Scribe E., this was a most enjoyable and instructive 
evening. 

In conclusion, I wish to thank all those principals, Past Prin- 
cipals and Companions of the District who gave so generously of 
their support and co-operation, which has meant so much to me, 
and I wish for my successor, the same full measure of support and 
co-operation that I have enjoyed, in what I consider the most 
instructive and happiest year in my masonic career, and I pledge 
him ny fullest and heartiest support. 



YUKON DISTRICT, No. 17 

Ex. Comp. C. H. Chapman reporting for R. Ex. Comp. John 
Fraser, Grand Superintendent— Deceased. 

I am more than pleased to report that the outlook for Royal 
Arch Masonry is better now than it has been for a good many years, 
in this District. 

During the past year Klondike Chapter No. 154 exalted four 
new members into the Holy Royal Arch degree. They have 
accepted two candidates to be received into the various degrees 
during 1949 and there is a good chance that there will be more 
candidates offer themselves as the year progresses. 

It is with sorrow that I report the loss of two excellent Past 
Principals. 

R. Ex. Companion John R. Fraser passed away in October of 
1948. John R. Fraser held the office of Scribe E. in Klondike 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 129 

Chapter and was also the Grand Superintendent for District No. 17. 

Ex. Comp. George McLaughlin, a Past First Principal of Klondike 
Chapter, passed away at Whitehorse in Decern ber 1948. 

For the first time in several years Klondike Chapter was able 
to elect and install a full slate of new officers for 1949 and I had the 
honour to make this installation on January 20, 1949. While this 
Chapter has passed through very difficult times due to the war tak- 
ing most of its members away, many of them have now returned 
and are again taking an active interest in Royal Arch affairs and 
all meetings called in 1948 were well attended. 

There are also a group of Companions in Whitehorse, Y.T., 
who are anxious to form a Chapter there and correspondence has 
been started on this matter by Comp. Meek and the Grand Chapter 
and also with this Chapter, and we hope that 1949 will see the 
foundations laid for this new Chapter. 

In this far northern District where we have only one small 
craft lodge from which to draw our members neither Klondike 
Chapter nor the proposed Whitehorse Chapter can ever hope to 
become large Chapters with a great many members but the zeal and 
true spirit of freemasonry as practiced by the brethren here will 
make up for this deficiency. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resolved— That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the Districts 
be referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry, to report 
later at this Convocation. 

Grand Chapter was called from Labour at 1.15 p.m. 
Grand Chapter was called on at 2.30 p.m. 



$30 GRAND CHAPTER OF : CANADA ! I ; ' 

\ GRAND TREASURER'S STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT 

To the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of CJafiada: 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

1 1 herewith submit my Annual Report: — 

March 1, 1948, to February 28, 1,949. 

i ■ ■. - ' RECEIPTS 

•Balance, March 1,' 1948 $5998.95 

Received from Grand Scribe E. on account of 

Dues, Fees, etc 14257.65 

Interest on Investments 3938:50' : 

Bank Interest ..,-...,.. . 4.18 ,. 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 949.99 

'Warrants & Dispensation New Chapter 45.00 

. ■ • ' 19,195.32 

$25,191.27 

DISBURSEMENTS 

\ i - • 

(Authorizations No. 1 to 221, inclusive) 

Expenses: G.S.E. Office- 
Compensation 'G.S.E. ..:...... $ 3960.00 

! 'Salary, Secretary ?...; 1165.00 

• Rent ..: ,,..*'..-..-; ..;.',. ..*.../.; ..,..;.., ■ 609.44. . '• ; 

Telephone y 101.75. 

Long Distance 1L04 

5847.23 

Gsand Treasurer -...- : 250.00 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Auditor .' :.'...! 300.00 

'Bdhd and Insurance .....' 10.00 

"Safety Deposit Bok .':: .'■.., 7.00 

Grand Chapter Convocation 1948 1811.48 

Grand Chapter Executive, 1948 751.15 

i S-'f i __J. 2562.63 

Grand Chapter Proceedings, 1948, including 

postage $52.00 ! :.-. 2050.54 

General Printing '. "... 604.94 

Postage 145.00 

G.S.E. Petty Cash Expenses 275.00 

Office Sundries 80.49 

Typewriter Inspection 11.25 

Typewriter Overhaul 45.22 

Stationery — Sundries 33.94 

170.90 

Jewels (25-year) 426.13 

Engraving 141.67 567.80 

Library, Compensation— Librarian 100.00 

Library Expenses 28.53 

128.53 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 131 

Flowers 35.25 

Travelling Expenses. G.Z 1478.68 

Travelling Expenses, General 597.72 

Regalia Repairs, G.Z 124.20 * 

Educational * 51.90 

Second Conference G.C. in Canada , 471.53 

Conference Dinner to Guests , .83.00 

Benevolence 1300.00 

Benevolence Inspection 50.00 

1350.00 

For Sale: 

Constitutions 648.00 

The Work 1410.70 

Book of Marks 196.02 

Warrants 16.00 

2270.72 10,405.71 



Savings Bank Balance, 28 Feb., 1949 30.1.12 • 

Current Bank Balance, 28 Feb., 1949 4305.54 

Current in Transit 964.00 

Interest from Victory T.B.F 407.04 

Balance from Life Membership Fund 304.50 

6282.20 

Less Outstanding Cheques :• i 770.50 



$19,682.57 



5511.70 



$25,194.27 



Fraternally submitted, 

WalVer G. Price, 
•' ; Grand Treasurer. 

Examined and Verified; x 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. CM. Pitts, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Walter G. Price, and— 

Resolved— That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 1948 
be received and adopted. 



132 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

a/c 29584 

As at February 28, 1949 

Balance February 28, 1948 $40,855.85 

Add Contributions Received 8,039.35 

Add Personal Appeal 1,200.00 

Interest Earned 949.99 



ess Interest Earned Transferred to General a/c 



ASSETS 

Bank Balance Debit $ 99.94 

Dominion of Canda Bonds, Cost $ 207.64 

Dominion of Canada Bonds. Cost 10,487.50 

Crown Trust & Guarantee, Cost 20,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee, Cost 6,500.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage, Cost 5,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage, Cost 5,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage, Cost 3,000.00 $50,195.14 



$51,045.19 
949.99 

$50,095.20 



$50,095.20 



EDWIN SMIT,H 

Grand Scribe E. 



LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

a/c 20020 

As at February 28, 1949 

Balance, February 28, 1948 $ 21,817.50 

Bank Interest 6.80 

Interest on Investments at 3% 600.00 

Commutations Received 1120.00 

1720.00 
1948 Life Membership Dues 4049 at 50c 2024.50 

Paid to Current a/c 

Balance Life Membership a/c 

ASSETS 

Dominion of Canada Bond, cost 20,000.00 

Bank Balance 1,519.80 



21,824.30 



304.50 
21,519.80 



21,519.80 



EDWIN SMITH, 

Grand Scribe E. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 
REPORT OF THE GRAND SCRIBE E. 



133 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I present herewith my Annual Report, which contains a 
comparative Statement of Membership for the past four years, a 
detail of Receipts and Ledger Balances for the year, March 1, 1948 
to February 28, 1949. 

All Chapters have filed their returns and outstanding balances 
are gradually being reduced. 

MEMBERSHIP 



Net 



Life Admis- Join- Restor- With- Suspen- 



December 31 


Increase Members 


sions 


ings 


ations drawals 


sions 


Deatl 


1944 - 16588 


















1945 - 17087 


499 


3947 


980 


84 


64 


117 


116 


396 


1946 - 17624 


537 


4047 


1027 


69 


55 


130 


112 


372 


1947 - 18456 


832 


4096 


1325 


79 


59 


136 


117 


378 


1948 - 19312 


856 


4049 


1317 


107 


52 


132 


60 


428 



ANNUAL STATEMENT 



Receipts and Ledger Balances for the Year 
March 1, 1948 to February 28, 1949. 



No. Name of Chapter 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui 

2. The Hiram 

3. St. John's, London 

4. St. Andrew & St. John 

5. St. George's 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 

7. The Moira 

8. King Solomon's 

15. Wawanosh 

16. Carleton 

18. Oxford 

19. Mount Moriah 

20. Mount Horeb 

22. Grenville 





Special 


Debit 


Credit 


Amount 


Credit 


Balance 


Balance 


337.15 








113.00 






.50 


167.50 








161.15 








169.50 








129.55 








159.95 








112.00 








127.00 








240.00 




LOO 




81.50 








150.80 




9.00 




131.50 








64.00 









134 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



^o. Name of Chapter 

23. Ezra 

24. Tecumseh 


Special 
Amount Credit 

158.25 

153.50 


26. St. Mark's .. 


56.30 


27. Manitou 

28. Pentalpha 


68.00 

189.00 


29. McCallum 


64.50 


30. Huron 

31. Prince Edward 

32. Waterloo 


65.50 

133.00 

72.50 


34. Signet 

35. Keystone 

36. Corinthian 


33.00 .50 

47.00 

163.00 


37. Victoria 

40. Guelph 

41. Harris 


67.00 

135.50 

50.50 


44. Mount Sinai 

45. Excelsior 


57.00 

55.50 


46. St. James 


20.50 


47. Wellington 

48. St. John's, Cobourg 

53. Bruce 

54. Palestine 


103.50 

53.50 

50.50 

189.90 


55. Niagara 


38.95 


56. Georgian 


21.45 


57. King Hiram 


49.50 


58. Pembroke 


3.00 


59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 

61. Granite 


235.50 

52.50 


62. York 

63. Havelock 


86.30 

57.00 


64. Willson 


76.50 


65. St. Paul's 


65.65 


66. The Malloch 

67. Enterprise 

68. Maitland 


30.80 

74.00 

66.00 


69. Grimsby 

71. Prince of Wales 

72. Keystone 


41.00 

165.25 

75.50 


73. Erie 

74. Beaver 


70.00 

72.70 


75 St Clair 


43.00 


76. Mount Nebo 

77. Occident 


74.^0 

184.00 


78. Minnewawa 

79. Orient 

80. Ark 


86.00 

55.00 

276.00 


81 Avlmer 


118.50 .50 


8? Shuniah 


151.00 


83 Ionic 


45.00 




78.00 


88. MacNabb 

90 Golden 


65.00 

116.50 


91. Toronto-Antiquity 


156.00 



Debit Credit 
Balance Balance 

8.60 



.50 

2.50 



.50 



4.50 



10.50 
9.00 



2.50 



9.00 

2.50 
4.50 



1.50 



3.00 
7.50 

2.50 



1.00 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 



135 



No. Name of Chapter 

94. Midland 

95. Tuscan 

102. Algonquin 

103. St. John's, North Bay 

104. White Oak 

110. Warkworth 

112. St. John's Morrisburg 

113. Covenant 

114. Bonnechere 

115. Brant 

116. Maple 

117. Kitchener 

119. King Cyrus 

129. Elliot 

130. Chantry 

131. Amabel 

132. Leeds 

133. St. Francis 

134. King Darius 

135. Succoth 

138. Shekinah 

140. Fort William 

143. Glengarry 

144. Presqu'Ile 

145. The St. Patrick 

146. Bernard 

147. Lucknow 

148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill 

149. Atwood 

150. London 

151. Laurentian 

152. Alberton 

153. Sombra 

154. Klondike 

155. Ancaster 

161. Madoc 

163. The Beaches 

164. Lome 

167. Kichikewana 

168. Ionic 

169. Temiskaming 

175. The Hamilton 

184. Hugh Murray 

195. Peel 

198. Couchiching 

203. Cobalt 

205. Victoria 

210. Kitchener 

212 Mount Sinai 

213. Northern Lights 

214. Vimy 

215. Mimico 

217. St. Alban's 



.50 



Special 
Amount Credit 



106.00 

209.50 

232.90 
73.00 
54.00 
32.00 
77.45 

131.10 
42.65 
68.00 
39.50 

205.15 
76.00 
90.50 
40.65 
47.00 
77.40 

115.15 
40.00 
46.50 
75.00 

112.50 
26.00 
37.00 

225.50 
77.40 
39.50 
59.50 
25.50 

115.00 
91.50 
58.00 
54.50 
33.00 
51.00 

144.00 

82.00 

46.00 

2.00 

137.50 
47.00 
99.50 
50.50 
89.50 

137.00 
30.00 
49.40 
25.00 

123.00 
49.50 
34.50 
57.75 
46.15 



Debit Credit 
Balance Balance 



.50 
3.50 



.50 



9.00 



53.00 
3.00 
1.00 



11.00 



1.00 



14.50 
76.00 



.50 



1.80 

L00 

2^50 
37^50 



.50 



46.75 
3.00 



15.00 



136 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



No. Name of Chapter Amount 

218. Prince Edward 113.80 

219. Ulster 57.55 

220. Lebanon 76.45 

221. Durham 13.50 

222. Ottawa 380.00 

223. Abitibi 21.50 

224. Keystone 54.50 

225. Beaver 70.00 

226. Prince of Wales 136.00 

227. Quinte Friendship 107.50 

230. Port Credit 89.45 

231. St. Clair 152.00 

232. King Cyrus 61.50 

233. Oakwood 36.50 

234. Halton 68.00 

235. Aurora 50.00 

236. Caledonia 57.50 

238. The St. Andrew 123.00 

239. Blenheim 66.50 

240. Smithville 41.00 

241. University 106.50 

242. St. Paul's 18.00 

243. McKay 31.50 

245. Preston 41.85 

246. Humber 4.80 

247. Nilestown 102.50 

248. Dochert 23.00 

249. Palestine 74.00 

250. Thomas Peters 257.50 

251. Kirkland 89.50 

252. Hiawatha 118.00 

253. Regal 47.25 

U. D. Golden Star 268.50 

13,952.45 

Grand Chapter B.C 268.20 

Grand Chapter Manitoba 63.00 

Grand Chapter Quebec 43.75 

Grand Chapter N. Bruns 41.25 

Sundries 23.00 

Interest 3,253.68 

Matured Debenture 600.00 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 

Fund 949.99 

19,195.32 



Special Debit Credit 
Credit Balance Balance 



.50 



.50 



3.00 



3.00 



3.15 






.50 


1.00 




1.00 






L50 


38.50 






1.00 


82.00 






35.50 


392.45 


133.35 


392.45 


133.35 






ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 137 

SUMMARY-CASH RECEIPTS 
Year Ended February 28, 1949 

Registration for Exaltations $3,838.50 

Dues 7,471.70 

Commutation Receipts 1,120.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 151.00 

Reinstatement 3.00 

Life Membership 324.50 



$12,908.70 



Sale of— 

Constitutions $ 859.30 

The Work 880.50 

Ceremonies 20.95 

Demit Pads 3.00 

Books of Marks 23.70 



$ 1,787.45 



Interest on Debentures 

Dominion of Canada $2,670.00 

City of Hamilton 200.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee 75.00 

$ 2,945.00 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund ... $ 949.99 $ 949.99 
Bank Interest 4.18 4.18 

War Saving Certificates 600.00 



$19,195.32 



Examined and verified, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

To the Scribes E. of the Constituent Chapters, my sincere 
thanks and appreciation. I know that you have endeavoured to 
assist, and your spirit of co-operation is visible by this my report. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 




Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Grand Scribe E. for the year 1948 
be received and adopted. 



138 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

EXCERPT FROM GRAND MASTER'S REMARKS 

Most Worshipful Brother and Companion T. H. Simpson, K.C., 
of Hamilton, Ontario, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario, expressed his appreciation of 
the gracious remarks referring to Grand Lodge by Most Ex. Comp. 
George L. Gardiner, likewise the reference made by Most Ex. Comp. 
Fred W. Dean, Grand Z. He congratulated the officers and mem- 
bers on their excellent accomplishment in connection with the Vic- 
tory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, "The Brethren can always be 
depended upon. You should be very happy in laying down the 
reins of office that the Fund was so successful by your efforts." 

"To Grand Chapter, I congratulate you in having a successor to 
Comp. Dean of such dynamic leadership as Clary Pitts. I extend 
my thanks, also those of my Grand Secretary for courtesies extended 
to us." 

SCRUTINEERS OBLIGATED 

Most Ex. Comp. Reginald V. E. Conover, O.B.E., obligated the 
Scrutineers as to faithfully performing the duties of their office. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS PRESENTED 

R. Ex. Comp. Alvin Ross Bourne St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp George Thomas Edward Martin London 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Jay Leslie Churchill Wilson " " 3 

R. Ex. Comp. James Allan Robertson Wellington " " 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter Angus MacDougall Hamilton " 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Dalton LeRoy Reid Huron " " 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis Niagara " " 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle Toronto East " " 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles William Emmett Toronto West " 8a 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Clowes Irwin Georgian ' 9 

R. Ex. Comp. William Carman Blackwell, M.D., Ontario " " 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Anthony Elias Holmes Prince Edward " 11 

R. Ex. Comp. James Neil MacMillan St. Lawrence " 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Morton Webster Rogers Ottawa " 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Algoma " 14 

R. Ex. Comp. William Robertson Stewart New Ontario " 15 

R. Ex. Comp. George Edward McKelvie Temiskaming " 16 

Most Ex. Comp. Dean conveyed to each Grand Superintendent, 
his official representative during the past year, his appreciation for 
a job well done. The appreciation was acknowledged on their be- 
half by R. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 139 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION 
AND INSTRUCTION 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z. and the Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Education and Instruction at several meet- 
ings held during the year reviewed and revised the "Manual of In- 
structions" which was issued in 1948. The purpose of this Manual 
is to clarify certain sections of "The Work," and to carefully explain 
the rubrics, thus to ensue a uniformity in interpretation. Under di- 
rection from the Grand Z. a second issue was published in which 
certain changes and revisions were made. Your Committee was ad- 
vised that the increased demand from the Principals and Past Prin- 
cipals of the constituent chapters made the immediate publication 
of the second issue a definite necessity. 

Your Committee believing that a "Manual for Chapter Officers" 
would prove helpful in bringing about the much-to-be-desired uni- 
formity in the presentation of "The Work", and under instructions 
and on the authority of the Grand Z. edited and revised the first 
issue for the approval of the Grand Z., who then authorized the 
Grand Scribe E. to proceed with the publication. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

C. M. Pitts 

A. G. N. Bradshaw 

Maurice A. Searle 

John A. M. Taylor 

Edwin Smith 

George L. Gardiner, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Committee on Education and Instruction 
be received and adopted. 



140 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF PRINTING COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir:— 

Your Committee on Printing submit the following analysis 
of Expenditures for the year ended February 28, 1949. 

Proceedings and Postage $ 2,050.54 

Grand Chapter Officers' Stationery $ 60.30 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund- 
Circulars and Letters 57.00 

Reprint— Amendments to Constitution 20.00 

Stationery and Supplies 183.00 

Circulars and General Printing 331.41 

650 71 

Educational and Instruction — 

"Links between Lodge and Chapter" 81.00 

Educational 58.38 

139.38 

$ 2,840.63 

We respectfully request that the following amounts be placed 
at the disposal of the Committee: 

Proceedings $ 2,000.00 

General Printing 700.00 

Exaltation Certificates 236.74 

Manual of Instructions 59.40 

Manual for Chapter Officers 175.00 

$ 3,171.14 

Printing for Resale- 
Constitution $ 700.00 

Music and Song Cards 200.00 

Scribes E. Register 496.58 

$ 1.396.58 






All of which is respectfully submitted, 



Robert Clark, 

Chairman. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Robert Clark, and— r 

Resolved— That the Report of the Executive Committee on Printing be re- 
ceived and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 141 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION, 
LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada; 

1. Right Excellent Companion, C. M. Pitts, Grand H., has 
presented a notice of motion to amend Section 139 of the Constitu- 
tion and as outlined in the convening agenda for this Annual Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 

There is no legal objection to this notice of motion being sub- 
mitted to Grand Chapter at this Convocation. 

2. Right Excellent Companion, C. M. Pitts, Grand H„ has 
presented a notice of motion to amend Section 224 of the Consti- 
tution and as printed in the convening agenda. 

Your Committee suggests that the word "and" be deleted in the 
second last line of the notice of motion so that the onus be on the 
Chapter to obtain the dispensation, rather than have the possible 
interpretation that the applicant is to procure a dispensation. 

There is no legal objection to this notice of motion being con- 
sidered by Grand Chapter at the present Convocation. 

3. Most Excellent Companion, George L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., 
has presented a notice of motion to amend Section 140 of the Consti 
tution and as printed in the convening agenda. 

There is no legal objection to this notice of motion being con 
sidered by Grand Chapter at this Convocation. 

4. Most Excellent Companion, Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., 
has presented two notices of motion. 

The first to amend Section 50 and the second to amend Section 
140, both of which are printed in the convening agenda. 

There is no legal objection to either or both of these notices 
of motion being considered by Grand Chapter at this Convocation. 

5. The notice of motion presented by Most Excellent Com 
panion, R. V. Conover, P.G.Z., at the last Annual Convocation of 
this Grand Chapter and which was deferred by resolution of Grand 
Chapter for one year may be legally presented at this present Con- 
vocation. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 
John M. Burden, Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Edwin Smith, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Executive Committee on Constitution, 
Laws and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 



142 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 




HARRY HOLGATE WATSON 

Vancouver, British Columbia 



Elected Honourary Grand Z. Grand Chapter, RAM. of Canada, 1909 



Born at Milton. Ontario, December 20, 1807 — Died, January 19, 1949 
Moved to Vancouver in 1889. 

Past Master of Cascade Lodge, No. 12, A.F. & A.M., British Columbia. 
• Past Z. of Vancouver Chapter, No. 2, B.C.R. (old No. 98, G.R.C.) 

Past Presiding Preceptor, Columbia Preceptory, No. 34, Knights Templar 
of Canada. 

Grand Master, Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1900. 
Grand Z., Grand Chapter of British Columbia, 1919. 
. Grand Treasurer, Grand Lodge British Columbia, 1902-1949. 
Active Member 33° and Deputy of Supreme Council, A. & A.S.R. for 
Province B.C. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA) 1949 14? 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL DEAD 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of thp 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions:— ' 

"Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and full of trouble; 
He cometh forth like a flower and is cut down; ' ■■ , £ . 

He fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not." 
(Job 14th Chapter, Verses 1 and 2.) r 

It is our custom and is justly due and proper to pause amid our, 
labours to pay tributes of respect, and to honour the memory of those 
Companions whp since we were last assembled, will no longer jour- 
ney with us. They have answered the summons of. the Great Jeho- 
vah and have passed to their eternal reward. 

"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days 
come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no plea- 
sure in them; Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the 
Spirit shall return unto God who gave it." (Ecclesiates Chapter 12— 
Verses 1 and 7) . r\ 

"GOD'S INVITATION" y 

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the Waters,, and he that hath no 
money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without 
money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which 
is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? Harken 
diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul de- 
light itself in fatness.''— Isaiah-LV. 1.2— 

And what is the substance of the message from God through the 
inspired prophet? Coming from Heaven to this world of ours, it 
tells us that the goodness of God is universal; it calls to all that are 
thirsty, to all who have no money, all in every age, who desire better r 
things than they have by nature, all who need better things than 
nature enables them to procure. 

It points out to all men what they are to do if they need the 
love and grace of God. Men to whom the Word 'of God comes 
are not to sit still and gaze. The promise of God does not fulfil 
itself without man's co-operation. The prophet bids us, "Come ye, 
buy and eat; yea, buy without money and without price." That 
universal goodness of God must be embraced by the faith of every 
individual man, each soul must enter into covenant with God, if 
the love of God is to enter fully into the soul. That is what we, as 
Companions, are to do. , 



144 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

It is not unworthy of note that the symbols of which Isaiah 
denotes the gifts of God to those who come to Him, are the same 
symbols which elsewhere are used to signify the operations of Crea- 
tion, revival and nourishment. 

And there may be some of us who go to the Bible and read it, 
or hear it read in the Synagogue, yet our souls are not taught or fed 
by it; We know no spiritual growth. And why? Because the word 
which we receive with our eyes or our ears is not mixed with faith 
in our hearts. Perhaps we do not attend to it, or do not apply it to 
ourselves, or do not pray when we read, If we do not receive it by 
faith, it is not nourishment, but as dry husks. And so it comes to 
pass, that God's messengers and prophets sometimes preach His word 
in vain, administer the most sacred means of grace in vain to men 
because of their unbelief. 

Who knows the real value of God's gifts? His Prophets and 
Teachers may tell us of the sweetness and blessedness of His gifts: 
but we shall never appreciate them, never enjoy them fully, unless 
we feel towards them and pray for them as David did every morning. 
"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek Thee. My soul thirsteth 
for Thee, my flesh also longeth after Thee, in a barren and dry 
land where no water is." 

Our Departed Companions accepted God's invitation in their 
way of life. A straight path, honest, upright thinking and conduct; 
of brotherliness, kindliness, consideration and charity towards one's 
feliowman. A firm belief in the unfailing and unbounded wisdom, 
goodness and Majesty of God, the Eternal Father and the Grand 
Architect of the Universe. They have left with us, sweet and frag- 
rant memories that will never fade away. Memories of true Com- 
panionship, high ideals and honest endeavours. The thought of 
these Companions is very dear to us all. Especially when we listen 
to the names of those who were with us, but a year ago, and who 
will never more answer this roll call. 

"Let us not mourn their going; 
Let us rejoice to know, 
That earthly labours finished, 
They were prepared to go. 

"Yet us emulate theii virtues, 
That men of us may say; 
The world is brighter, better, 
Because they passed this way.*' 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 145 

The Companions whose Memory we now honour, toiled long 
and unselfishly in the labours of the Royal Craft. While yet we 
mourn their loss, we rejoice that it was our good fortune to have 
been associated with them as Royal Arch Masons. They have laid 
aside the crowbar, pick and shovel; some had reached their allotted 
time; others heard the call while in the prime of life. 

"One by one, we pass the stations, 
In the onward March of Life; 
One by one, through faith we conquer, 
In the never ending strife. 

"One by one. we lose the hand clasp, 
That so warm a welcome gave; 
One by one, the voice is silenced, 
In the stillness of the grave. 

"One by one, we miss the faces, 
Of the friends we once possessed; 
One by one, their names are graven, 
'Ceased to Labor'— 'Home'— 'At Rest'." 

With sorrow your Committee has to report that 428 of our loved 
Companions have during the last year answered the final call. 
Included in this list are the names of many outstanding Masons who 
have served faithfully in Sister bodies as well as our Royal Craft. 

Ex. Comp. Douglas G. Mcllwraith— Sovereign Grand Commander, Supreme 
Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the Dominion of Canada. 
Passed to his reward February 2nd, 1948. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles A. Seager— Anglican Bishop of Huron and Metropolitan 
of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Passed to his reward Sept. 9th. 
1948. 

V. Ex. Comp. Alexander MacLeod— Grand Master 4th Veil, passed to his reward 
November 21st, 1948. 

"With the Morn those angel faces smile, 
Which we have loved long since and lost awhile.'" 

Our Sister Grand Jurisdictions of the Dominion of Canada 
mourn the loss of four Past Grand Zs. and one Past Grand High 
Priest. These revered Companions were honoured in all Masonic 
bodies for work well and nobly done. 

Our Sister Grand Jurisdictions of the United States have also 
suffered a heavy toll, of 30 Past Grand High Priests, one Grand 
Scribe, three Past Grand Scribes, one Grand Sentinel and one Grand 
Lecturer. 



146 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

"And ever near us, though unseen; 
The near immortal spirits tread, 
lor all the boundless universe, 
Is Life— There are no dead". 

Condolence has been expressed by the Chapters of which they 
were members to their loved ones, but condolence, however tenderly 
and affectionately offered, is of little avail to abate the pangs of ber- 
eavement, or to alleviate the sense of loss. Today Grand Chapter 
expresses to relatives and friends of our departed Companions our 
deepest sympathy. To our Sister Jurisdictions in Canada and the 
United States, we feel the loss of your distinguished Companions 
and share the grief and sorrow with their loved ones. 

"Heights by great men reached and kept, 
Were not attained by sudden flight, 
But they, while theii Companions slept; 
Were toiling upward in the night". 

They believed in Jehovah, the Giver of all Light and Life and 
Love. Jehovah was their guide and in His name they wrought and 
taught. 

We pray that our Gracious God will comfort and bless the 
sorrowing; that He may inspire them with His infinite Love, until 
they too, lay down the burdens of life, and enter into the glories of 
that City, not made by hands, eternal in the Heavens. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Anthony E. Holmes 

Dalton L. Reid 

A. Jarvis 

Chas. H. MacDonald 

William K. Herd 

J. A. M. Taylor, Chairman. 



SISTER GRAND JURISDICTIONS OF DOMINION OF CANADA 
AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia- 
Most Ex. Comp. William Percival Marchant— Grand Z. 1939-1940 
Most Ex. Comp. Harry Holgate Watson— Grand Z. 1919 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba- 
Most Ex. Comp. Roy S. Jones, Grand Z. 1945-1946 
Most Ex. Comp. M. George Fraser-Grand Z. 1925-1926 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia- 
Most Ex. Comp. John Currie MacKay, Grand High Priest, 1919 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 147 



Arizona— Most Ex. Comp. James Henry Barrett, G.H.P., 1981 
Most Ex. Comp. James Whetstine, G.H.P., 1935. 

Colorado-Most Ex. Comp. John Huston Gabriel, G.H.P., 1934-1935 

Delaware— Most Ex. Comp. John William Macklem, G.H.P., 1914. 
Most Ex. Comp. West Alexander Trotter, G.H.P.. 1925. 

Florida-Most Ex. Comp. Joseph Edward Herring, G.H.P., 1943. 

Georgia-Most Ex. Comp. Thomas H. Jeffries, G.H.P., 1917-1918 
Most Ex. Comp. John W. Riley, G.H.P,, 1942. 

Iowa-Most Ex. Comp. Charles Albert Schlichter, G.H.P., 1929-1930 

Louisiana— Most Ex. Comp. Carey P. Duncan, G.H.P,, 1933. 

Maine— Most Ex. Comp. James Avard Richan, G.H.P., 1909 
Most Ex. Comp. Franklin P. Clark, G.H.P., 1916 
Most Ex. Comp. Fred C. Chambers, G.H.P., 1920. 
Right Ex. Comp. John H. Lancaster, P.G. Scribe, 1916 
Right Ex. Comp. Herbert Woodbury Robinson, P.G. Scribe, 1928 
Right Ex. Comp. Edward M. Haskell, P.G. Scribe, 1946 

Michigan-Most Ex. Comp. Charles Cottrell, G.H.P., 1907 

Most Ex. Comp. George Washington Armstrong, G.H.P., 1909 
Most Ex. Comp. Albert John Young, G.H.P., 1915 
Most Ex. Comp. Orin George Bickford, G.H.P., 1934 

Montana-Most Ex. Comp. Hugh T. Cummings, G.H.P., 1904-1905 
Right Ex. Comp. Dr. Arthur A. Baker, Grand Scribe, 1926-1927 
Right Ex. Comp. Byron Henderson Jennings, Grand Sentinel 

Mississippi— Most Ex. Comp. Lucius Layton Conerly, G.H.P., 1935 

Nevada-Most Ex. Comp. Harold R. Amens, G.H.P., 1934-1935 
Most Ex. Comp. Walter J. Harris, G.H.P., 1937-1938 
Most Ex. Comp. Rev. Milton James Hersey, G.H.P., 1940-41 

Ohio-Most Ex. Comp. Irving Stafford, G.H.P., 1926-1927 

Pennsylvania-Most Ex. Comp. James C. Weir, G.H.P., 1937-1938 
Most Ex. Comp. Robert J. Arnett, G.H.P., 1943-1944 

Tennessee— Most Ex. Comp. Angus Gordon Bowen, G.H.P., 1920. 
Most Ex. Comp. William Harry Dudley, G.H.P., 1939 

West Virginia— Most Ex. Comp. Wilson Henry Stout White, G.H.P., 1925 
Most Ex. Comp. William Cowardin Morton, G.H.P., 1941-1942 
Most Ex. Comp. Eusebius A. Graham, G.H.P., 1944-1945 
Most Ex. Comp. Prescott dishing White, Grand Lecturer, 1919-1927 

DEATHS 1948 

Chapter No. 

1 George O. Ward, J. Stuart Crawford, William H. Cockburn, John Ernest 
Cunningham. 

2 Andrew Berryman, George Stroud, H. E. Hawkins, James A. Bigley, Joseph 
McConnell, William Atkinson, John Wilkinson. 

3 Archie L. Simmie, F. W. Cooper, George M. Ross, F. H. Griffith, Fred Hodg- 
ins, Chas. F. White, W. R. A. Thomson, Albert Ewans. 

4 G. A. MacKinnon, Charles G. Soady, W. G. Sturgess, Harry James, Homer 
Greenwood. 

5 John George Walter, George Edward Coleman, John James Dyer, Albert 
Artemus Bice, John Wilkinson, Wilford H. Henderson, J. R. Steele. 

6 Thomas Hayhurst, P. A. Sommerville, Robert Pinder, Wm. J. Martindale. 

7 Lora A. Ackerman, Howard J. Clarke, Joseph Thomas Delaney, W. G. 



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Harwood, John T. Sargent, Allan M. Reid. 
8 E. B. Shangraw, Henry Glendinning, Robert Thompson, Edward Phillips. 

15 W. Stinson, George Cooper, M. S. Mackey. 

16 Frederick W. McKinnon, Samuel H. Ferris, Carl William Condie, Alexander 
McK. Oliver. 

18 Herbert H. Baker, Robert Henry Reid, Albert A. Boles, George Dain, Chal- 
mers Roy Pue. 

19 Charles Murray Whitten, Thomas Glosclan Finch, Archibald Russell, Rich- 
ard Wilson, William Clyde Forster, Isaac James Boynton, Wm. Dobie Gra- 
ham, Alexander Sutherland. 

20 George Frederick Trenwith, Richard D'Hanlon Frost, James Arthur Jewell. 

22 Herbert J. Brindle. 

23 A. G. Hodgkin, D. A. Austin. 

24 James Swanson, Arthur R. Hollefriend, Albert Henry Jones, Edward Den- 
roche, George F. Holly, Charles J. Burford, Robert John Easson. 

26 Harry Dempsey, James Broach Little, William James Potts, George Geddes, 
Hugh MacKenzie, Claude Wellington Riley. 

27 Joseph M. Mitchell, Hugh A. McLaughlin. 

28 Frederick W. Brown, George Lafayett Crouse. 

29 Jesse Bradford, John P. Brown, Warren Stringer. 

30 Albert L. Brereton. 

31 Walton S. Clapp, Sidney George Lockyer, Clarence Thornton Stevenson, 
Willet Arthur Davis. 

32 John S. McGaw, W. Reginald Robinson, James S. Sault, William V. Mc- 
Dougall. 

34 John Franklin Craig, William Fred Catlin, John Wilfred Tordiff, John F. 
Jackson, Fred Wm. Sissons. 

35 John W. Bateman. 

36 B. W. Manning, Melville Saunders, W. R. Morris, K.St.G. Polle, R. J. 
Matchett, A. H. Munro, W. R. Turner, W. M. Lang. 

37 George Alfred Outram, William Henry Peacock, James Henry Peacock, 
Joseph Benson Reynolds, William Henry Pethick. 

40 Robert S. Cull, Harry Mahoney. 

41 Dallas Sutherland, Evan D. McKenzie, Robt. Henry Reid, James E. Ferguson 
44 Hiram Allan Wood, William Edward Vine. 

46 Henry W. Greason. 

47 James Wright Mustard, Walter Watls, Theodore Holmes, William Wesley 

Turner. 

48 Albert J. Gould, John Alaxander Noble. 

53 Chas. William Kent, K. Blake O'Dell, Neil McLean, Wesley Robt. Thompson. 

54 John Collinson, Joseph A. Kilpatrick, Frederick Haight Singer. 

55 Robert H. Cox, Joseph Houghton. 
57 I. Reginald Tuck. 

59 Frederick A. Beacock, William H. Brown, George Cooper, Samuel A. Jack- 
son, George Butterfield, John B. Simpson, William J. Gibson, Allan R. Mac- 
Kenzie, George Marron. 

61 Nelson Washburn. 

62 Joseph Hodson. 

63 Robert W. Clements, Edward Francis Fox, Malcolm D. McPhail, John 



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Edward Harrison. 

64 Ernest J. Barrett, Frank Springer, George Urquhart, Harry M. Vanderburgh. 

65 Fred Armstrong, Edward Percy Beatty, Wm. Perkins Bull, Charles McLeod 
Baldwin, Richard Frank Reid, Wm. John Equi. 

66 Ralph Edwin Creswell, George Murray, Keith McPhail McLean, Wm. G. 
Wright, Howard Hyde. 

67 Calvin Scarr, Robert Messon. 

68 Edward A. McKimm. 

69 J. W. Newton. 

71 Fred Lovegrove, Norman Cornwall. 

73 Joseph Dent, Martin E. Williams, Delmer Kearney, Noble Cooper. 

75 Alfred Pehlke, William Bell Featherstone, Wm. Bradford Clements. 

76 D. W. Mitchell. 

77 John George Bell, Alexander Gorrie, Richard Maddocks, George Alex- 
ander Graham, William Faulds Munro, Frank Hodgkinson. 

78 James Pollock. 

79 James McKenzie Malcolm, John Spencer, John Henry Webb. 

80 Alfred Knight, Kenneth Gray Van Wagoner, George S. McKenzie, Fred S. 
Evans, Archie M. Lowe. 

81 Charles James, Ernest O. Whitesides. 

82 Frederick George Wollard, John E. Johnston, Joshua Jewison, George 
Clarence Benger, George Hornick, James Cecil Fitzgerald. 

83 Charles McCordick, Edward E. Wilson, C. Leroy Weller. 

84 J. Donald Rae. 

88 James Love, Fay Vernon Craig. 

90 Abraham Isaac Katz, Fred Gray. 

91 W. M. Miskelly, David Colman, James MacKenzie Malcolm, Albert Wil- 
liam Wilkinson, Joseph Fern, Robert A. Johnston, Ernest B. Snelgrove, 
Robert E. Port, Frederick B. Robbins, Alfred Haskell, W. S. Boyce, 
Jos. Price, C. B. Shields, A. W. Pethick, Alfred Frank Eatell. 

95 William Henry Johns, Joseph Kent Workman, Victor Thomas Chappie, 
William Henry Whinfield, William James Warwick, Horace Cole McEwen. 

102 Joseph Glanville, Percival Edgar Day, John Alexander Martin, Francis 
Henry Shier, John E. McLurg, Charles Whittle, William James Wesley 
Johnston, George E. Noble, Arthur William McLandress, Harry Romain 
Daniels, Andrew Forbes. 

103 Thos. W. Turner, Herbert James McAuslan, Peter Roy King, Norman 
John McCubbin, David Darling, John Herbert Nelson, Robert Rowe. 

104 Alfred Whittaker. 

110 Hugh McCullough, Cecil Claude Armstrong, Robt. Walker. 

112 D. T. Henderson, A. L. Pennock. 

113 Oscar Fenton Eamon, George John Rice. 

114 William A. MacKay, Kenneth McKinnon, John Ireton, Thomas E. Hall. 

115 Arthur P. Hampel. 

116 James McNeely. 

117 Ivan M. Walker, Theodore A. Witzel, William H. Maysner, J. D. Claude 
Forsythe, Edwyn D. Cunningham, Irvine C. Laschiner, George Taylor- 
Munro, William H. Craddock, Roland Doerring. 

119 George Ovid Robertson, Chritospher Richard White, James Nelson 
Sheats, John Stanton Harris. 



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130 W. V. Dixon, Alton Huber, Frank Webb. 

131 Austin K. Gray. 

132 Thomas Isbister, George Gardiner, Stanley John Smith, James John Davis. 

134 Lome Pinkham. 

135 John Taylor, W. M. Rynard. 

138 Stanley J. Downard, George Alfred Davidge, Richard John Herbert. 
140 John McMillan, Robert Cornthwrite, Alfred Sears. 

144 Frank Clark. 

145 Dr. J. C. Bansley, W. F. Addison, W. J. Markle, David Brown, J. M. 
Brewis, Herbert Greet, B. M. Smyth. 

147 Rexford Ostrander. 

148 Hector Allen, William Peter McAlpine. 

149 Mark Barrett, Colin Bruce Campbell, Albert Russell. 

150 John A. Barnhill, Frank W. Kerr, W. J. G. Fraser, W. E. Greene, E. J. 
Dawson, John Hamilton, T. W. Copp, W. J. Garrett, Ezra Moyer, Milton 
Morrow, Francis Lawson, J. W. Kingsmill, J. T. Taylor, Alfred Sheere, 
Irvine M. Marshall, Joseph E. Winter, W. B. Holland, Chas. Allan Seager, 
James Burgess Rich. D. Lawson. 

151 Norman K. Morrison. 

152 Colin Bruce Campbell, Howard McCray. 

153 William F. Howe. 

154 John Roderick Fraser. 

155 Harry Kerby Oglesby, Edward Oakes, David Butter, Gordon Morrison. 
161 William James Hill, Auberon James, Arthur Yates. 

163 Tudor C. James, Arthur Welch. 

164 John Jeffery. 

167 George Robinson, William Harvey Ritchie, James Henry Park, David 
Wilson Ramsey. 

168 Steve A. Maguire, Thos. S. Baker, Peter Haig. 

169 Wesley McKnight. 

175 Douglas Gordon Mcllwraith, George Lees, Percy Thomas Ward, James 

Pringle. 

192 Angus McMurchy. 

198 William Archibald Campbell, Samuel N. Milligan, Alfred Edward Mundy. 

203 Charles Chellew, Thomas Jackson, William Smith. 

212 Samuel M. Hansher, Edward Greben. 

217 Sidney Benny worth, David Roberts. 

218 John Charles Stoddart. 

219 George Albert Izon, Frederick Dane, David Colman, James Clifford 
Thompson, Alexander MacLeod. 

220 Robert E. Port, Stephen Barrett. 

221 Allan L. Baldwin. 

222 John Black, Albert Ernest Sydney Grinham. 

223 Francis Joy. 

224 Orval E. Sweet, William E. McDougall. 

225 Henry Alexander Miller, George H. Creber. 

226 Joseph H. Devlin, George Ennis. 

227 John Rigby, Robert A. Backus. 



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231 Arthur James Steeds. 

233 Charles E. Paton, Alex. M. Fergus. 

235 Arthur Harry Green, Herbert Stocks. 

236 Ralph Lang, Robert Wrehn. 

238 Edmund Roy Pudney, Gordon L. Ferguson. 

239 George Reynolds Clayton W. Springsteen, Bert Yager, William H. Shep- 
ley, Nathan G. Flater. 

240 Ernest Merritt. 

241 William Stanley Funnell, William Robert Worthington. 

242 William Heron, Robt. James Henderson. 

245 Bernard Zeiman. 

246 Albert Edward Bryson. 

247 John G. Green, H. M. Marshall, Harry Hahn. 

249 Fred Charles Hoar, William Henning Flaherty, G. T. Annis. 

250 Chester F. Burridge, Herbert Graham Martin, Alfred Runge, Henry E. B. 
Wood. 

251 Howard B. Hawley. 

253 Wm. Morley Buck, Jas. Gordon Patterson. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and- 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 
received. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON INVESTMENTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Your Committee on Investments reports the following: 
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS AS AT FEBRUARY 28, 1949. 

Par Value 
City of Hamilton Debentures, Interest 5%, payable half-yearly, May 

1 and November I, due May 1, 1949, (Registered as to Principal) $ 4,000.00 
Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 1 

and December 1, due June 1, 1960 (Fully Registered) 86,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, April 

1 and October 1, due October 1, 1963 (Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust Invest- 
ment, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 30 and December 
31, due December 31, 1951. (Fully Registered) 2,500.00 

$95,500.00 

Allocated to General Account $75,500.00 

Allocated to Life Membership Account 20,000.00 

$95,500.00 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966 $ 200.00 

Dominion of Canada Bond, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 



152 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966. (Fully Registered) .... 10,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust Invest- 
ment, Interest 23/4%, payable June 30 and December 31, due 
June 30, 1952. (Fully Registered) 20,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust Invest- 
ment, Interest 234%, pavable June 30 and December 31, due 
June 30, 1952. (Fully Registered) 6.500.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, three-year Investment, 
Interest 234%, payable February 1 and August 1, due February 
1,1952. (Fully Registered) 5,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, three-year Investment, 
Interest 234%, payable February 1 and August 1, due February 1, 
1952 (Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, three-year Investment, 
Interest 2y 4 %, payable March 1 and September I, due March 1, 
1952. (Registered as to Principal) 5,000.00 

$49,700.00 

The Dominion of Canada War Saving Certificate which was 
paid in full August 15, 1948, and also the City of Hamilton 
Debenture, which falls due on May 1, 1949, we recommend that 
both should be invested to the best advantage. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

C. Alex. Sollitt 

Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. C. Alex. Sollitt, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Investments for the year 
1948, be received and adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

Your Committee on Benevolence has given careful consider- 
ation to all applications for relief, and recommends that an appro- 
priation be made in the estimates for grants, as follows: 

Chapter No. 1-Widow of G. McN $ 100.00 

Chapter No. 8-Widow of R. J 100.00 

Chapter No. 53-Daughter of J. S 100.00 

Chapter No. 62-Widow of J. R 100.00 

Chapter No. 77-Comp. D. C 200.00 

Chapter No. 117-Widow of G. T. M 100.00 

Chapter No. 119-Widow of S. G 100.00 



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Chapter No. 133-Widow of J. E. C. M 100.00 

Chapter No. 145-Widow of R. W 100.00 

Chapter No. 145-Daughter of J. C 100.00 

Chapter No. 219-Comp. R. E. S 100.00 

Special-Widow of R. H. S 100.00 

1,300.00 

We also recommend that a further amount of $200.00 be 
provided, for interim relief*, to be used in case of emer- 
gency, should such arise, before the next Annual Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter 200.00 

Total $1,500.00 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. B. Dargavel, 

R. N. McElhinney, 

D. C. Patmore, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, seconded by 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, and 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Benevolence be received 
and adopted. 

Committee on Benevolence 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resloved — That R. Ex. Comp, Robert N. McElhinney be elected a member 
of the Committee on Benevolence for a period of three years. 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on 
Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of 

Grand Chapter for their respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, retires in 1950. 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore. retires in 1951. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, retires in 1952. 

GRAND HISTORIAN AND REVIEWER ELECTED 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, sconded by R. Ex. Comp. 

A. G. N. Bradshaw, and 

Resolved— That Most Excellent Companion George L. Gardiner be re- 
elected Grand Historian and Reviewer. 

GRAND CHAPTER "CALLED-OFF" 

Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4.35 o'clock p.m., to 
permit the Delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and 
elect the Officers of Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the 
next place of meeting. 



154 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1949 
Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 
ELECTION REPORT 

V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick Chairman, and R. Ex. Comp. 
James W. Woodland, Vice-Chairman, presented the results of the 
Election as follows:— 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z., 1949 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor Grand J. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Garnet Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. V. Rev. Charles H. MacDonald ...Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Bertram Gillespie Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick N. Heuchan Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard Wilson Grand Scribe N. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-ELECTED 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles William Powers 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie 
R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House 
R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers 
R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Harrison Smith 

Grand Superintendents 
The nominations for Grand Superintendents were submitted 
to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased to approve, 
and the following selections were confirmed: — 
R. Ex. Comp. Harold Melville Roach St. Clair District No. 1 

118 Grand Avenue E., Chatham, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Herbert Teasell London District No. 2 

268 Emma Street, Sarnia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Willard Butler Wilson District No. 3 

R. R. #5, Simcoe, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Edward Valentine MacCormack Wellington District No. 4 

Georgetown, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Hamilton Lee Hamilton District No. 5 

10 Second Avenue, Stoney Creek, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Henry Roope Huron District No. 6 

Box 50, Goderich, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Robert Jackson Niagara District No. 7 

238 Dufferin Street, Fort Erie, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Leith Longmore Querie Toronto East District No. 8 

20 Balford Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Orton Todd Walker Toronto West District No. 8A 

8 Main Street N., Brampton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Harold Work Georgian District No. 9 

Wiarton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Walker Hector Inch Ontario District No. 10 

Box 369, Port Hope, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Maitland Roy Anderson Prince Edward District No. 11 

333 Bleecker Avenue, Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Cecil David Beckett St. Lawrence District No. 12 

Kemptville. Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Middleton Ottawa District No. 13 

277 Wesley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 



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to 



R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Franklin Warner Algoma District No. 14 

410 Second Street E., Fort Frances, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Percival Alymer Coates New Ontario District No. 15 

107 Pine Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Oswald Armstrong Temiskaming District No. 16 

Cobalt, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Hathway Chapman Yukon District So. 17 

Dawson City, Yukon Territory. 

The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently addressed and given the necessary instructions as to the 
duties appertaining to their office. 

Next Place of Meeting 

The Ninety-Second Annual Convocation will be held in the 
City of Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 
and 27, 1950, commencing at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, as per 
Section 20, of the Constitution. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONDITION OF 
CAPITULAR MASONRY 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your committee is glad to report that, in many respects, the 
condition of our Royal Craft is good. Our Grand Superintendents 
advise that the degree work of most of our Chapters is of the high- 
est quality, also, crediting them with an increasing degree of uni- 
formity as the result of the distribution of the "Manual of Instruc- 
tions" by our Grand First Principal in 1947. The use of the musical 
portions of our ritual adds greatly to the impression made on the 
candidates. A very few Chapters are reported as not being pro- 
ficient in degree work because they have few or no candidates. We 
trust that these Chapters will correct this situation by securing 
candidates, soon. Most of the districts report holding one or more 
Chapters of Instruction, where again, the "Manual of Instructions" 
served a very useful purpose, and is, no doubt, responsible for the 
excellent degree work being done in our Chapters. 

FRATERNAL VISITS, ANNIVERSARIES, ETC. 

The number of fraternal visits to other Chapters to confer 
the Holy Royal Arch Degree is increasing, District Church Services 
are fairly general and Dedications of new Chapter rooms, ladies' 



156 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

nights, quiz programmes, birthdays of Chapters, meetings devoted 
to Masonic Education, Grand Chapter Nights, International Nights, 
and periodical anniversaries of our older Chapters such as the 80th 
anniversary of Waterloo Chapter No. 32 in September, the 75th 
anniversary of Georgian Chapter No. 56 in Owen Sound on Sep- 
tember 30 and the 40th anniversary of Ionic Chapter No. 168 at 
Campbellford occur frequently. We ask each Chapter that has 
not participated in at least two annual celebrations, similar to the 
above, to plan their annual programme to include one or more 
"big nights" in their own Chapter, and, if possible, one visit to 
another Chapter, preferably outside their District. Any Chapter 
that has not made a custom of an annual visitation, in or outside 
the District, will find the results of such procedure to be of great 
benefit by increasing the interest of their Officers and Companions 
in the attendance and general welfare of the Chapter. 

None of our Grand Superintendents report that a "Member's 
Night" for the conferring one of our degrees has been held. One 
recommends that this should be done annually, in each of the 
larger Chapters. We are glad to support the Right Excellent Com- 
panion in this recommendation as we have watched the benefits 
of increased membership, increased attendance, improved finances, 
better degree work of the regular officers and general welfare accrue 
to other Masonic bodies through holding one night of this kind 
each year, with a Past Officer presiding. 

NEW CHAPTERS 

We are pleased to learn that our youngest Chapter, Golden 
Star, Under Dispensation, of Dryden, has reached a total member- 
ship of 74 in its first year, 50 of whom were by exaltation, without 
which Grand Chapter could not have reported a slightly greater 
increase in total membership than last year. We, also, wish to 
congratulate three other Districts for laying the foundations on 
which to build new Chapters, namely, Minden in Haliburton 
County, Kapuskasing in Temiskaming District, and White Horse 
in the Yukon Territory. We note that these three prospective 
homes for new Chapters, together with our newest Chapter, are in 
the less heavily populated areas, which suggests to us that a study 
of each District by the Grand Superintendent with the assistance 
of other Past Officers, might result in the addition of several new 
Chapters, including some in the more heavily populated areas. Let 
each of us do all in our power to help advance this good work, at 
least those who by location or other circumstances, find it possible 
to do so. We hope that our library and other literature include 



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the necessary material to assist each District and Chapter in this 
important work. 

We congratulate Right Excellent Companion J. A. M. Taylor 
on the success of his visits to Prince Edward Chapter No. 218 at 
Shelburne and Durham Chapter No. 221 at Durham; also, our 
Grand Scribe E. Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith and our Grand 
J., Right Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw, accom- 
panied by the Chairman of this Committee, on their visit to St. 
James Chapter No. 46 at St. Marys. Each of these Chapters was 
in danger of becoming dormant and, through the visits of the 
officers mentioned above have taken on new life, as represented 
by important additions to their membership (actual and prospec- 
tive) and the degree work necessary for these exaltations. We wish 
these Chapters every success in their new prosperity. 

We are very sorry to have to report that Pembroke Chapter 
No. 58 of Mattawa is still dormant. 

VICTORY THANGSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

We, now come to that very worthy endeavour, the raising of 
the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund which was established 
over three years ago, and which, we are now pleased to report, has 
gone substantially "over the top." We realize the very difficult 
problems that have been overcome by the officers of a high per- 
centage of our Chapters, and even Districts, who have reached and 
passed their quotas. It is a matter of record that too many of our 
Chapters have not yet reached their allotments. Many of these 
Chapters advise that they have plans to collect the balance of their 
share of this Fund during 1949. We can only ask that this Fund 
be kept open until all Chapters have reached their quotas. 

We wish at this time to add our tribute to that of last year's 
Committee, to our Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Com- 
panion F. W. Dean, for his exceptionally effective assistance in 
completing and passing our objectives for this Fund. We know 
that without his help it would not have reached the present satis- 
factory total. 

BENEVOLENCE AND WELFARE 

We note that each District, in varying amounts, enjoyed the 
privilege of using their funds for benevolence. It is the natural 
result of the recent "good times" that these demands are not large, 
except in very few Chapters. We also wish to pay tribute to the 
excellent work of the Welfare Committee of the Toronto Districts 



158 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

in brightening the lives of the unfortunates in the Red Chevron 
Hospital of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, by their visits 
and gifts, also the transportation of underprivileged children and 
their mothers to their Vacation Camp at Bronte. It is to similar 
work and charity that larger fraternal organizations than our own 
admit they have owed their existence for several years. We hope 
that work of this nature will soon become more general throughout 
our jurisdiction. 

ARREARS OF DUES 

Our 153 Chapters report a total of $18,156.00 in unpaid dues, 
being an average of $119.00 per Chapter, including one Chapter 
at $660.00 and one at $525.00 and four others at approximately 
$350.00 each, also, nine having no arrears. Forty of our Chapters 
represent one-half of this amount, covering those amounts from 
$175.00 each up, which we consider excessive. May we ask that 
these Chapters appoint committees whose duty will be to person- 
ally contact each Companion in arrears before the end of the year. 
This procedure has proven to be effective and obviates the neces- 
sity of many suspensions. 

EXALTATION FEES AND ANNUAL DUES 

The lowest rate permitted for the Exaltation of a new Com- 
panion at present is $20.00, therefore, we feel that the motion of 
our Grand H., Right Excellent Companion C. M. Pitts, to set 
the minimum rate for Exaltation at $30.00 should be supported 
as being comparable to the increased cost of living during the past 
several years. We recommend that this action be carried a step 
farther, as soon as possible, by another motion to eliminate the 
low rates for annual dues of $1.70, $2.00 and $2.50 by setting a 
minimum rate of S3. 00 for Chapters located in towns of less than 
10,000 population and $5.00 as the minimum rate in the larger 
centres. These two motions should assure our Chapters of ade- 
quate funds to cover the necessary expenses of fraternal visits, anni- 
versaries, the attendance of the First Principal at Grand Chapter 
and other miscellaneous incidental expenses. 

MEMBERSHIP 

Our increase in membership during the year is slightly higher 
than that of the previous year, which, when considered in compari- 
son with past performances only, must be regarded as satisfactory. 
However, with the knowledge that our total membership is only 



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a small percentage of the Craft Masons in our jurisdiction, we are 
not satisfied. Keeping in mind that the closing of the Master 
Mason Degree leaves the Mason without the knowledge of the 
existence of further light in Masonry, Ave recommend that each 
Chapter (through a committee composed of the most sincere and 
most energetic Companions available) make a canvas of all Master 
Masons within their boundaries, for Chapter membership. This 
may be done by the Companions of your Chapter through a "Mem- 
bership Committee" and with the assistance of the Scribe E. and 
other Past Officers. 

ATTENDANCE 

Our average attendance has increased slightly during the past 
year but is still far from satisfactory. It has been shown that 
attendance improves when the candidates are properly coached 
between the degrees. The knowledge of the secret work gives the 
new member the necessary confidence to attend and enjoy our 
degrees. We, therefore, recommend that "The Work" be revised 
(by addition of reprinting) to include the examination of the can- 
didates in the previous degrees, on the floor of the Chapter. 

REDISTRIBUTION 

The Grand Superintendent of Ontario District No. 10 recom- 
mends that his large District be divided into two Districts because 
he has to travel 2,500 miles to cover his official duties. This recom- 
mendation is supported by the reports of a few other Superinten- 
dents and we join with them by requesting that Grand Chapter 
study the boundaries of all Districts, thus including some other 
Districts of comparatively small area. 

SUMMARY 

There is very little to be desired in the quality of our degree 
work or the general condition of most of our existing Chapters. 

We feel that more attention should be given to fraternal visits, 
church services, anniversaries and other special nights of all kinds, 
also, our Benevolent Fund. 

Finally, too much cannot be said of our need for new Chapters, 
increased membership in our present Chapters, increased attend- 
ance and coaching of the candidates between the degrees. 



160 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

"Motives are seeds 
From which, at times, spring deeds 
Not equal to the Soul's outreaching hope. 
Strive for the stars! 
Count not "well done" but "best!" 
Then, with brave patience, leave the rest 
To Him Who knows, 
He'll judge you justly, 'ere the record close." 

Fraternally submitted, 

W. B. Stothers, Chairman. 
C. W. Powers, 
W. C. Blackwell, 
Charles Fotheringham, 
J. N. McMillan. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. W. Bailie Stothers, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Executive Committee on Condition of 
Capitular Masonry for the year 1948. be received and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 161 

AUDITOR'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I present herewith my Annual Report as Auditor of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada for the fiscal year ended 
February 28, 1949. This report consists of the exhibits and schedules 
listed herein and my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A"-Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1949. 

Exhibit "B"— Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Ac- 
count for the year ended February 28, 1949. 

Schedule "1"— General Fund— Investments as at February 28, 
1949. 

—Life Membership Fund— Investments as at 
February 28, 1949. 

—The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund- 
Investments as at February 28, 1949. 

Schedule "2"— The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as 
at February 28, 1949. 
—Life Membership Fund as at February 28, 1949. 



COMMENTS 



Balance Sheet— 



The cash on hand has been counted. The cash in bank has been 
verified by the certificate of your bankers. The cash in transit was 
deposited in the bank subsequent to February 28, 1949. All the bank 
transactions for the fiscal year ended February 28, 1949 have been 
examined. 

The accounts receivable from the constituent Chapters have 
been verified by direct reference to the Ruling First Principals of the 
respective Chapters. The annual returns of the constituent Chapters 
for the calendar year 1948 have been compared with the Grand 
Scribe E's records and all the transactions between them and the 
Grand Chapter have been reviewed. 



162 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The Inventories of supplies for distribution and for use have 
been taken and priced at cost and I have compared them with the 
perpetual inventory records. 

All of the investments listed in Schedule 1 were examined by 
me on March 9, 1949, in the presence of the Grand Scribe E and the 
Grand Treasurer at the Yonge and Queen Streets Branch, Toronto, 
of the Canadian Bank of Commerce where they are held in a safety 
.deposit box. 

So far as I have been able to ascertain, all known liabilities were 
taken up in the books of account as at February 28, 1949. 
Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account- 
Trie estimated revenue and expenditure for the fiscal year end- 
ed February 28, 1949, as prepared by the Finance Committee and 
approved by the Executive Committee and Grand Chapter, is set 
out in Exhibit "B" and compared with the actual revenue and ex- 
penditure of that year. The year's operations resulted in a net rev- 
enue of $85.83 which has been carried to the General Reserve in 
Exhibit "A". 

Trust Funds— 

A summary of the transactions in the Victory Thanksgiving Bene- 
volent Fund and The Life Membership Fund is provided in Sched- 
ule 2 for the fiscal year ended February 28, 1949. 

General— 

The books of account of the Grand Scribe E and the Grand 
Treasurer have been examined quarterly during this fiscal year and 
interim reports thereon made by me. 

I shall be glad to furnish such further information as may be 
required concerning my examinations or this report. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

BALANCE SHEET AS AT FEBRUARY 28, 1949 

ASSETS 
Current Assets 

Cash on Hand $ 5.56 

Cash in Bank 3,836.16 

Cash in Transit :. 1,357.50 

$5,199.22 

Accounts Receivable— Chapters 259.10 

Accounts Receivable— V.T. Benevolent Fund 407.04 

— 666.14 

Accrued Interest on Investments 761.67 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 



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Inventories (Supplies for Distribution) 

Rituals 

Constitutions 


883.19 
145.46 


1,306.16 




Ceremonies 

Demits 

Musical Service 

Books of Marks 


55.25 

16.03 

22.68 

183.55 


$ 7,933.19 



The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund- 
Schedule "2" 

Cash in Bank 307.10 

Accounts Receivable— General Fund 60.68 

Investments 50,134.46 50,502.24 

Deduct— Due to General Fund 407.04 



50,095.20 



Life Membership Fund- 
Schedule "2" 

Cash in Bank 1,430.80 

Accounts Receivable from General Fund 89.00 

Investments 20,000.00 



Investments — Schedule "1" 

Furniture and Fixtures 

Less— Reserve for Depreciation 



Grand Chapter Library 
Regalia— Grand Council 



Deferred Charges- 
Inventories— (February 28, 

Jewels 

Certificates 

Stationery 



1949— Supplies for Use) 



LIABILITIES 
Current Liabilities- 
Accounts Payable— Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 

Fund j $ 

Accounts Payable— Life Membership Fund 

Accounts Payable— General 






21,519.80 




75,500.00 


530.76 




376.02 







154.74 




250.00 




75.00 


193.05 




33.00 




349.43 


575.48 



$156,103.41 



Reserve for Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

Reserve for Life Membership 

General Reserve— 

Balance-March 1, 1948 

Add-Net Revenue— Exhibit **B" $ 

—Valuation of Grand Chapter Library 



85.83 
250.00 



60.68 




89.00 




9.25 






SI 58.93 




50,095.20 




21.519.80 


84,128.07 




335.83 




84,463.90 





Deduct— Amortization of Bond Premium 
—Adjustment re Furniture and 

Fixtures 

—Provision for Depreciation 



35.34 

46.00 
53.08 



34.42 84,329.48 



$156,103.41 



164 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



REVENUE 

Estimated 

Revenue Actual Revenue 

Fees $ 3,900.00 $ 3,837.50 $ 

Dues 7,500.00 7,592.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,050.00) 2,024.50 

Dispensations 150.00 140.00 

Sales— Constitutions $ 885.25 

—Rituals 885.00 

—Ceremonies 19.80 

-Demit Pads 3.00 

-Book of Marks 29.70 

1,822.75 

Interest 2,345.00 2,368.38 

Interest on Victory Thanksgiving 

Benevolent Fund 1,135.00 924.65 

Total Revenue 17,080.00 18,709.78 

Total Expenditure 16,981.00 18,623.95 

Estimated Surplus 99.00 

17,080.00 
Net Revenue 85.83 



Balance 

•over 

or under 

62.50 
92.00* 
25.50 
10.00 



1,822.75* 

23.38* 

210.35 

1,629.78* 
1,642.95* 
99.00 

1,543 .95* 
85.83 



EXPENDITURE 

Estimated Actual 
Expenditure Expenditure 

Benevolence-Grants $ 1,400.00 $1,300.00 

-Inspection 50.00 50.00 

1,450.00 $1,350.00 

Grand Scribe E-Compensation 3,960.00 3,960.00 

Grand Treasurer-Honorarium 250.00 250.00 

4,210.00 4,210.00 

Grand Scribe E.— 

Office Assistant 1,200.00 1,165.00 

Rent 650.00 609.44 

Telephone 111.00 111.00 

Long Distance Calls 25.00 12.13 

Bank Exchange 50.00 36.75 

Postage 300.00 333.06 

Typewriter Inspection 15.00 15.25 

Typewriter Repairs 40.00 45.22 

Express Charges 15.00 16.58 

Stationery 100.00 33.94 



Balance 

•over 

or under 

$100.00 



35.00 
40.56 

12.87 
13.25 
33.06 
.25* 
5.22* 
1.58* 
66.06 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 165 

Safe-Deposit Box 5.00 7.00 2.00* 

Office Supplies 75.00 87.64 12.64* 

Gifts 16.25 16.25* 



2,586.0 2,489.26 

Foreign Correspondence— Reviewer .. 300.00 300.00 

Audit Fee 300.00 300.00 

Bond Premium and Insurance 10.00 10.00 



610.00 610.00 

Printing -Proceedings 1,300.00 2,050.54 750.54* 

-General 800.00 731.71 68.29 



2,100.00 2,782.25 

Travelling Expenses - Grand Z 1,000.00 1,478.68 478.68* 

General Travelling 500.00 599.72 99.72* 

1,500.00 ~~~ 2,078.40 

Convocation Expenses 1,500.00 1,804.46 304.46* 

Executive Committee Expenses 750.00 758.17 8.17* 

Education and Instruction 600.00 58.38 541.62 

Flowers 50.00 35.25 14.75 

[ewels and Engraving 250.00 507.75 257.75* 

Lending Library 115.00 122.05 7.05* 

Meeting - Canadian Grand Chapters 550.00 471.53 78.47 

Distinguished Service Medals 550.00 550.00 

Bank Charges 25.00 25.00 

Advisory 83.00 83.00* 

4,390.00 3,840.59 

Grand Z - Regalia 135.00 124.20 10.80 

Cost of Supplies Sold 1,139.25 1,139.25* 

Total Expenditure $16,981.00 $187623^5~ 1,642.95* 

SCHEDULE "I" 

Investments as at February 28, 1949 

1. Dominion of Canada — 3% — 1960 $86,000.00 

2. Dominion of Canada - 3% - 1963 3,000.00 

3. City of Hamilton - 5% - 1949 4,000.00 

4. Crown Trust and Guarantee Company — 3% — 1951 2,500.00 

$95,500.00 

Less — Investments shown under Life Membership Fund 20,000.00 



$75,500.00 



THE VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 
Investments as at February 28, 1949 

Dominion of Canada — 3% - 1966 (at par) $10,200.00 

Premiums on Dominion of Canada Bonds $ 495.14 

Less— Portion Amortized to date 60.68 434.46 



2. Crown Trust and Guarantee Company-23^%-1952 ...$26,500.00 

3. Canada Permanent Mortgage-23/4%— 1952 13,000.00 



39,500.00 
$50,134.46 



166 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SCHEDULE "2" 

THE VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

As at February 28, 1949 

Balance - March I, 1948 $40,855.85 

Add-Contributions Received 9,289.35 

—Interest Earned 949.99 

$51,045.19 
Deduct Interest Earned— Transferred to General Account 949.99 

Balance-February 28, 1949 S50.095.20 

THE LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

As at February 28, 1949 

Balance-March 1, 1948 $21,817.50 

Add— Interest on Investments at 3% $ 600.00 

Bank Interest 6.80 

Commutations Received 1,120.00 1,726.80 

$23,544.30 
Deduct-1948 Life Membership Dues 2.024.50 

Balance-February 28, 1949 $21,519.80 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 167 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Finance submits herewith its report for 
the year ending February 28, 1949. 

An examination of the Auditor's Report, Schedule "1," shows 
the total investments to amount to $145,634.46 with an interest 
yield slightly under 3%. 

We would like to express our appreciation to the Constituent 
Chapters for the manner in which their indebtedness to Grand 
Chapter has been met, and we find the amount outstanding at the 
close of the financial year to be only $259.10, and the Chapters are 
to be commended for their co-operation in this respect. 

Exhibit "B" of the Auditor's Report, which sets out in detail 
the actual Revenue and Expenditure, shows that the year's oper- 
ation's resulted in a net Revenue of $85.83, which amount has been 
carried to the General Reserve in Exhibit "A." 

We would draw to your attention this small difference in the 
amount of Revenue over Expenditure as noted above is due to the 
fact that some of the appropriations set up last year were under- 
spent during the year, and also the item of $550.00 for Distinguished 
Service Medals, was unspent and reappears in the 1949 Budget. 
It is readily seen that had these appropriations been spent, then 
this year's operations would have resulted in a considerable deficit. 
We submit to you that this is indicative of the inadequacy of the 
present available revenue for the requirements of Grand Chapter. 

Schedule "2" sets out in detail the position of the Victory 
Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. The objective has been obtained, 
and the balance at the credit of this Fund amounts to $50,095.20. 
The contributions received during the year amounted to $9,239.35, 
and the Committee wishes to express their appreciation to all the 
Companions whose contributions and efforts have resulted in this 
achievement. 

The present lease covering the rental of the Grand Chapter 
office, Temple Building, Toronto, will expire October 31, 1949. 
We have been advised that a new lease can be executed on the 
expiration of the present lease, for a period of five years at an 
annual rental of $874.56. This would amount to a monthly in- 
crease of $13.26. In view of the uncertainty of the rental situation 



168 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

in a large centre, such as Toronto, and believing this increase not 
unduly large, considering our central location and the present 
difficulty of securing office accommodation comparable to what 
we now have, we recommend for your approval, that a new lease 
dating from November 1, 1949, on the basis outlined above, be 
secured. Provision has been made in the Budget Expenditure for 
rent to include this increase for the last four months ending Febru- 
ary 28, 1950. 

Your Committee approves of the expenditure of $1,400.00 for 
the printing of Constitutions, Music and Song Cards, and Scribes' 
"E" Registers, as requested by the Committee on Printing. This 
amount is not included in the estimates, as the same will eventually 
be recovered by the purchases of the various Chapters. 

In preparing for your approval the estimate of Revenue and 
Expenditure for the current year, we have set out in detail all anti- 
cipated income and disbursements, and after careful scrutiny we 
find it to be impossible to present a balanced budget, and must 
necessarily budget for a deficit of approximately $4,358.00. Your 
Committee feel they would be remiss in their duty to this Grand 
Body if they did not direct your serious attention to the gravity 
of this financial situation. The insufficiency of the revenue to 
meet the operating expenditures has been confronting this Com- 
mittee year after year, and it is quite obvious if steps are not imme- 
diately taken to remedy same, the General Reserve will gradually 
be reduced each year, and as the Reserve lowers in like manner the 
interest yield on the Investments covering same will be less. Your 
Committee therefore are unanimous in recommending your serious 
consideration and approval of the amendment to be submitted 
to you covering the per capita dues. 

We submit for your approval the following estimates of Re- 
venue and Expenditure for the year ending February 28th 1950: 

REVENUE 

Registration Fees $3,600.00 

Dues per Capita 8,000.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,000.00 

Dispensations 100.00 

$13,700.00 

Interest on Victory Thanksgiving Benev. Fund 1,392.00 

Interest on Investments (excluding Life Membership 

Fund) 2,272.00 3,664.00 

Total $17,364.00 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 169 

EXPENDITURES 

Benevolence— Grants $1,500.00 

—Inspection Expenses 50.00 

Grand Scribe "E"— Compensation including Cost of Living Bonus .... 3,960.00 

Grand Treasurer Honorarium 250.00 

Office Grand Scribe "E"-Office Assistant 1,300.00 

-Rent 769.00 

—Telephone 111.00 

—Long Distance Calls 25.00 

—Postage 350.00 

—Bank Exchange 50.00 

—Typewriter Inspection 18.00 

—Express Charges 15.00 

—Stationery 50.00 

—Rental Safety Deposit Box 7.00 

-Office Supplies 75.00 

Reviewer of Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Audit Fee 300.00 

Fidelity Bond 10.00 

Floater Insurance 25.00 

Printing— Proceedings 2,000.00 

-General 1,000.00 

Travelling and Expenses, Grand "Z'' 1,500.00 

Travelling and Expenses, I.P.G.Z 250.00 

General Travelling 500.00 

Convocation Expenses 3,000.00 

Executive Committee Expenses 1,332.00 

Education and Instruction 500.00 

Flowers 50.00 

Jewels and Engraving 500.00 

Lending Library 125.00 

Meeting— Canadian Grand Chapters 500.00 

Bank Charges on Overdraft 25.00 

Distinguished Service Medals 550.00 

Repairs-Grand "H" Regalia 125.00 

Regalia Grand "Z" 250.00 

Testimonial-Grand "Z" 350.00 



Total $21,722.00 

Printing for Resale $1,400.00 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

K. N. Carrie, Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resolved,— That the the Report of the Committee on Finance be received 
and adoptd. 



170 GRAND OF CHAPTER CANADA 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE 

Most Ex. Comp. Llewelyn F. Stephens, in the absence of Most 
Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, presented his report on "Fraternal 
Correspondence" and requested that as many as possible read the 
same. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resolved— That the Report on Fraternal Correspondence be received and 
adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GRAND Z.'s 

ADDRESS 

Your Committee have carefully reviewed the address of the 
Most Excellent the Grand Z. and join with him in the greeting 
extended to our many honored guests. His reference to the his- 
torical background of Ottawa is interesting and no doubt will 
prove enlightening to many who are not familiar with the capital 
city and its early days. 

We share with him the loss of 428 of our Companions through 
the activity of the Grim Reaper, and mourn the passing of M. Ex. 
Comp. Harry H. Watson, R. Ex. Comp. Archbishop Charles A. Sea- 
ger, R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Fraser and other distinguished Craftsmen. 
Although no longer with us they have left behind fragrant mem- 
ories of a long and happy association. 

The Grand Z. has furnished a comprehensive record of his 
many visitations both within and beyond the confines of our Juris- 
diction, and a perusal of the details of his activity in this regard 
clearly indicates that he gave generously of his time in the per- 
formance of this phase of his official duty. 

His report on the dedication of the Chapter rooms in Kenora 
and Milton together with his reference to our increase in member- 
ship is noted, as also are his remarks relative to his successful efforts 
to rejuvenate Prince Edward Chapter, Shelburne, and bring to 
pass the amalgamation of Pembroke Chapter with St. John's of 
North Bay. The institution of a new Chapter in Dryden and the 
formation of still another at White Horse in the Yukon is accepted 
as an encouraging evidence of the trend in Royal Arch Masonry 
toward greater interest and activity. His comments anent the for- 
mation of Chapter Clubs in the New Ontario District is heartily 
endorsed. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 171 

Dispensations as granted being purely routine meet with our 
entire approval. 

Your Committee concur in his timely reference to our financial 
position and the need for an increase in the Per Capita Tax. An 
increase from fifty to seventy-five cents is definitely a necessity, and 
our only comment is as to whether this increase is sufficient in view 
of the information contained in our fiscal reports. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dean has apparently devoted much time and 
thought to the question of Education and Instruction. Your Com- 
mittee are in accord with the thought that this is a problem that 
demands the serious consideration of Grand Chapter. We admit 
the need for action along these lines and feel sure that every effort 
will be made to find a sound and satisfactory solution to this serious 
question. 

The reference to the Second Conference of Canadian Grand 
Chapters is of interest providing as it does a means of closer con- 
tact with the other Grand Chapters of this country. Uniformity of 
work, presentation and procedure cannot fail to be helpful and 
definitely is in the best interest of Royal Arch Masonry throughout 
our Canadian jurisdictions. Our share of the expenses as mentioned 
by the Grand "Z" meets with the Committee's approval. 

We commend the Grand Z.'s remarks regarding Divine Ser- 
vices and the all-too-common habit of treating without reverence 
that "Great Name" about which has been woven the concept of 
the degree of the Holy Arch. 

With regard to the reference to the Grand "Z's" expenses we are 
sure that it is not the desire of the Companions that the Grand "Z" 
be placed in the embarrassing position of having to curtail his 
activities through shortage of funds. We, however, respectfully re- 
mind M. Ex. Comp. Dean that the expenses of the Grand "Z" are 
in no wise restricted. While the budget estimates what he is likely 
to spend the decision rests with him as to the amount required foi 
legitimate expenses. 

If he find it necessary to exceed the amount contained in the 
budget it is for him to decide what funds he requires to properly 
preserve the dignity of his office. If the amount the Finance Com- 
mittee set forth in the budget is not sufficient instructions should be 
issued to increase the amount. Even this in no way restricts the 
Grand Z to the budgeted amount. This is the considered opinion 



172 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

of your Committee and is based on the experience of the various 
members of the Committee. 

His appointments and recommendations to the Corps of Grand 
Representatives meet with our hearty endorsation. His comments 
on Welfare work and the recognition of veterans of the Royal Craft 
are to be commended. 

That the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund has finally 
reached its objective is a tribute not alone to the generosity of our 
membership, but also to the great personal effort put forth by our 
Grand "Z" to bring this campaign to a happy and successful con- 
clusion. 

We tender congratulations to M. Ex. Comp. Dean and all those 
who have been actively engaged in this laudable project. We share 
with him appreciation of the efforts of M. Ex. Comp. Dargavel in 
the matter of distribution of Benevolence, and are strongly of the 
opinion that we are fortunate indeed in having the benefit of his 
services and experience. Thanks are due for his courteous re- 
ference to the Past Grand "Zs" and others who have been of 
assistance to him during the past year. 

His reference to Chapter fees and dues sounds a note of warning 
that merits careful consideration by our constituted chapters. 

His recommendations with regard to our Centennial in 1957 
are worthy of consideration, as also is his reference to a further 
campaign in 1957 to increase the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund. Your Committee are of the opinion that perhaps these re- 
commendations are somewhat premature and suggest that action 
be deferred until Grand Chapter gives serious consideration to both 
propositions at a later and perhaps more suitable date. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dean's dissertations on "Youth" and "What is 
wrong with the World" place before us worth-while thoughts and 
lofty ideals. No comment is necessary other than to say that these 
subjects have been efficiently covered and leave us with much food 
for reflection. 

That M. Ex. Comp. Dean has been vigorously active, vigilant 
at all times as to the interest of the Royal Craft and assiduous in his 
duty is not to be denied, and our thanks are due for the untiring 
and unselfish devotion to his position as Grand "Z". We also tender 
congratulations on a very inspiring and informative address. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 173 

R. B. Dargavel 

R. V. Conover 

L. F. Stephens 

W. G. Price 

Edwin Smith 

Geo. L. Gardiner — Chairman. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, seconded 

by M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Committee on the Grand Z.'s Address 
be received and adopted. 

CONSIDERING NOTICES OF MOTION 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. E. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resolved,— That Section 139, page 39, of the Constitution be amended by 
striking out the word "twenty" in the fifth line and substitute therefore the 
word "thirty". 

Section 139 will then read: "The fee for Exaltation to the Supreme Degree 
of the Holy Royal Arch, and which includes the preliminary Degrees of Mark 
Master and Most Excellent Master, by the Chapters in this jurisdiction, shall 
not be less than thirty dollars ($30.00) . This is not to extend to Serving Com- 
panions, who may be exalted free of initiation fee, provided that a Dispensation 
be first obtained from the Grand Z. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. 

Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resolved,— That Section 224, of the Constitution be amended by adding 
at the end of paragraph "with a dispensation granted by the Grand Z." 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved,— That the figures "50c." in the last paragraph of Section 140, 
page 40, of the Constitution, be deleted and the figures "75c." substituted there- 
for. 

This paragraph will then read: "For every Member of a Chapter, payable 
annually to the 31st of December in each year, except the first year of the 
organization of a Chapter— 75c." 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and— 

Resolved— That Section 50, page 14, of the Constitution be amended by 
deleting the figures "7.30 p.m." in the third line and that the figures "7.00 
p.m." be substitued therefore. 

This portion of the Section will then read: 'Voting for office and for the 
Executive Committees, except for Grand Superintendents, shall commence at 
5.30 o'clock in the afternoon of the first day of the meeting and shall close at 
7.00 p.m. on the same day." 






174 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and- 

Resolved— That the following paragraph be added to Section 140, page 40 
of the Constitution, "Fees and Dues". 

"The Commutation Fee to Grand Chapter referred to in Section No. 246 
shall be ten dollars (§10.00). 

The motion as submitted to Grand Chapter at the Annual Con- 
vocation at Toronto 1948 by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. E. Conover to set 
up a Grand Chapter Standing Committee on Education, action on 
which was on motion deferred for one year, was withdrawn. 

Officers Installed and Invested 

Most Ex. Comps. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Edwin Smith and 
Llewellyn F. Stephens installed and invested the newly elected of- 
ficers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents of 
the several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted accord- 
ing to ancient custom. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved— That, consistent with Section 140 of the Constitution as now 
amended, an amount of 310,000.00 be transferred from the General Reserve 
to the Reserve for Life Membership Fund so that the increased annual per 
capita for Life Members of Grand Chapter may be provided for out of the 
Reserve for Life Membership Fund. 

This transfer to be subject to adjustment after the next revaluation of 
the actuarial requirements of the Life Membership Fund. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and- 

Resolved— That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada be extended; to the Credentials Committee for the capable manner 
in which they discharged the duties allotted to them; to the Scrutineers in 
taking charge of the election of the officers; to the Installing Board under Most 
Ex. Comp, Reginald V. E. Conover; and to the Chairman and other companions 
who so faithfully looked after the arrangements at Ottawa, including the re- 
ception and entertainment of the delegates and ladies. 

Grand Z.'s Testimonial 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by Right Ex. 
Comp. K. N. Carrie, and— 

R esolved— That the Grand Council be a Committee to arrange for a 
suitable testimonial for our retiring Grand Z. 

APPOINTED TO OFFICE 

The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. 
Comp. Clarence McL. Pitts:— 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 175 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Sinclair Clarke, 
Box 555, Copper Cliff, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham, 
Box C„ Atwood, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander Sollitt, 

243 London Street, Peterborough, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford, 

404 Lock Street, Dunnville, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Avenue, Hamiton, Ont. 

ASSISTANT OFFICERS-Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Rev. Alexander James Wilson Assistant Grand Chaplain 

424 Wesley Bldg., Toronto 2, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Stewart Campbell Grand Senior Sojourner 

99 Askin Street, London, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. William Emanuel Pomeroy Grand Junior Sojourner 

49 Browning Avenue, Toronto 6, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles Gardiner Dowdall Grand Sword Bearer 

High Street, Carleton Place, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. James Baird *. Grand Master 4th Veil 

96 Smith Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Sidney Bilton Stickland Grand Master 3rd Veil 

Box 371, Paris, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Charles Stephen Clayton Grand Master 2nd Veil 

30 Frankish Avenue, Toronto 3, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Sam. Patterson Grand Master 1st Veil 

Shelburne, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Alexander Neilans Grand Standard Bearer 

R.R. No. 1, Londesboro, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Maxine Patrick Littner Grand Director of Ceremonies 

39 Kent Street West, Lindsay, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Cecil John Baxendale, D.D.S., ..Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

70 Third Street East, Owen Sound, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Boddy Grand Organist 

200 Albany Avenue, Toronto 4, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Stanton Lavery Grand Pursuivant 

Mary Street, New Liskeard, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas William Appleby Grand Steward 

2193 Windermere Road, Walkerville, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Avron Axler Grand Steward 

4 Browside Street, Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. William Odden Coates Grand Steward 

450 Albert Street, Kingston, Ont. 



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V. Ex. Comp. David Cloughley Grand Steward 

Box 403, Grimsby, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Wilber Clow Grand Steward 

48 Princess Street, Gananoque, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Ernest Cottan Grand Steward 

26 Surrey Street West, Guelph, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Chandler Grand Steward 

22 Boyton Road, Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. William Cunningham Grand Steward 

15 College Street, St. Thomas, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Henry Beverley Hardy Grand Steward 

363 Pearl Street, Port Arthur, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. James Russell Howie Grand Steward 

117 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Edward S. F. Houghton Grand Steward 

939 Wellington Street, London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Telmack Mitchell Grand Steward 

167- ist Avenue East, North Bay, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Peck Grand Steward 

50A Elmer Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harold Steels Grand Steward 

107 Beaconsfield Avenue, London, Ont. 
Comp. Ivan Marks Grand Outer Guard 

173 Campbell Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 



The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in Ample Form at 1.20 p.m., 
Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, April 28, 
1949. 





Grand Scribe E. 



GRAND Z. EXTENDS DINNER 

On Tuesday evening, April 26, 1949, the Grand Z., Most Ex. 
Comp. Frederick W. Dean, joined with his Executive in attending 
a "Dinner" to his honoured guests 

On Wednesday evening, April 27, 1949, at the Annual Banquet, 
The Companions of the City of Ottawa presented to the Guests, 
Delegates and their Ladies the Ottawa Temple Choir, in the form of 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 177 

their Twenty-fifth Anniversary Concert, which added greatly to the 
evening's enjoyment. 

During the Convocation, many messages were conveyed to 
the Grand Chapter of Canada by the visiting Companions. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
President 

R. Ex. Corap. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand H. 

655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 

By Virtue of Office 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts 

Kenniston Apartments, Ottawa, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, Grand Z., 1935-1936 
4 Dunloe Road, Toronto, Ont. 

II. Ex. Comp. Llewllyn F. Stephens, K.C., Grand Z., 1939-1940-1942 
52 Markland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 

If. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, K.C., Grand Z„ 1943-1944 
126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946 
Brampton, Ontario. 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948 
244 Holton Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941 
234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto 9, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor Grand J. 

R. R. #1, Hornby, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Richard Wilson Grand Scribe N. 

1205 Broadview Avenue, Toronto Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COALMITTEE-Honorary 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

137 John Street, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Archie D. Maclntyre, 

1048 Yonge Street, Toronto Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles William Powers, 

22 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie, 

1905A Queen Street East, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House, 

14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 

846 Dundas Street, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Harrison Smith, 
9 Jane Street, Belleville, Ont. 






178 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-APPOINTED 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Sinclair Clarke, 

Box 555, Copper Cliff, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham, 

Box C, Atwood, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Sollitt, 

243 London Street, Peterborough, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford, 

404 Lock Street, Dunnville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, 

234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. DeForest Charles Patmore, 

121 Peter Street North, Orillia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 

69 Fuller Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

Grand Superintendents 

(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 

(As listed on Pages 154-155) 

SUBCOMMITTEES 

GRAND Z'.S ADDRESS 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner (Chairman) , M. Ex. Comps. Edwin 
Smith, Walter G. Price, Llewllyn F. Stephens, J. M. Burden, Reg. V. Conover, 
Fred W. Dean, and R. B. Dargavel. 

BENEVOLENCE 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, (Chairman) , M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, 
R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney. 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Powers, (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. M. R. 
Anderson, H. M. Roach, Richard Wilson, C. D. Beckett, and O. T. Walker. 

PRINTING AND SUPPLIES 
R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House (Chairman) , Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. Comps. L. L. 
Querie, J. H. Teasell. 

FINANCE 

R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie (Chairman) , Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 
Grand Scribe E., Chairman Committee on Investments, R. Ex. Comps. K. S. 
Clarke, Thomas Camelford and the Auditor (Ex Officio) . 

INVESTMENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Sollitt (Chairman) , Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 
Grand Scribe E. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 179 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 

M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, K.C. (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comps. B. H. 
Smith, J. H. Lee and B. F. Warner. 

CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, K.C, (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comps., Robert 
Clark, W. Butler and T. R. Jackson. 

CONDITION OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailie Stothers (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comps. John Middle- 
ton, E. V. MacCormack, P. A. Coates, H. O. Armstrong, C. H. Chapman and 
W. H. Work. 

FRATERNAL DEAD 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth S. Clarke ^Chairman) , R. Ex. Comps. Charles 
Fotheringham, Charles MacDonald, W. H. Roope and W. H. Inch. 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE 
M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner (Chairman) . 

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM 

R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Maclntyre (Chairman) , and R. Ex. Comp. Herb. 
Thompson. 






180 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



CHAPTER RETURNS 



Name of Chapter 



Where Held 



Regular Convocation 



Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui 

The Hiram 

St. John's 

St. Andrew and St. John 

St. George's 

St. John's 

The Moira 

King Solomon's 

Wawanosh 

Carleton 

Oxford 

Mt. Moriah 

Mt. Horeb 

Grenville 

Ezra 

Tecumseh 

St. Mark's 

Manitou 

Pentalpha 

McCallum 

Huron 

Prince Edward 

V\ ater'.oo 

Sigr et 

Keystone 

Corinthian 

Victoria 

Guelph 

Harris 

Mount Sinai 

Excelsior 

St. James 

Wellington 

St. John's 

Bruce 

Palestine 

Niagara 

Georgian 

King Hiram 

Pembroke 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 

Granite 

York 

Havelock 

Willson 

St. Paul's 

The Malloch 

Enterprise 

Maitland 

Grimsby 

Prince of Wales 

Keystone 

Erie 

Beaver 

St. Clair 

Mount Nebo 

Occident 

Minnewawa 

Orient 

Ark 

Aylmer 

Shuniah 

Ionic 



Kingston 

Hamilton 

London 

Toronto 

London 

Hamilton 

Belleville 

Toronto 

Sarnia 

Ottawa 

Woodstock 

St. Catharines 

Brantiord 

Prescott 

Simcoe 

Stratford 

Trenton 

Oollingwood 

Oshawa 

Dunnville 

Goderich 

Picton 

Gait 

Barrio 

Whitby 

Peterboro 

Port Hope 

Guelph 

Ingersoll 

Napanee 

Colborne 

St. Marys 

Chatham 

Cobourg 

Petrolia 

St. Thomas 

Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Owen Sound 

Port Colborne 

Mattawa 

Brockville 

Almonte 

Toronto 

Kincardine 

Welland 

Toronto 

Seaforth 

Palmerston 

Kemptville 

Grimsby 

Amherstburg 

Stirling 

Hidtretown 

Strathroy 

Milton 

Niagara Falls 

Toronto 

Parkhill 

Toronto 

Windsor 

Aylmer 

Port Arthur 

Orange ville 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
CHAPTER RETURNS 



Name of Chapter 



Where Held 



Regular Convocation 



Lebanon 

MacNabb 

Golden 

Toronto-Antiquity 

Midland 

Tuscan 

Algonquin 

St. John's 

White Oak 

Warkworth 

St. John's 

Covenant 

Bonnechere 

Brant 

Maple 

Kitchener 

King Cyrus 

Elliot 

Chantry 

Amabel 

Leeds 

St. Francis 

King Darius 

Succoth 

Shekinah 

Fort William .... 

Glenjrarry 

Presqu'Ile 

The St. Patrick. . 

Bernard 

Lucknow 

St. John's 

Atwood 

London 

Laurentian 

Alberton 

Sombra 

Klondike 

Ancaster 

Madoc 

The Beaches 

Lome 

Kichikewana 

Ionic 

Temiskaming .... 
The Hamilton . . . . 
Hugh Murray 

Peel 

Couchiching 

Cobalt 

Victoria 

Kitchener 

Mount Sinai 

Northern Lights . . 

Vimy 

Mimico 

St. Alban's 

Prince Edward. . . 

Ulster 

Lebanon 

Durham 

Ottawa 

Abitibi 



Wingham 

Dresden 

Kenora 

Toronto 

Lindsay 

Sudbury 

Sault Ste. Marie . . 

North Bay 

Oakville 

Warkworth 

Morrisburg 

Cornwall 

Renfrew 

Paris 

Carleton Place . . . 

Kitchener 

Leamington 

Mitchell 

Southampton .... 

Wiarton 

Gananoque 

Smiths Falls 

Cannington 

Uxbridge 

Toronto 

Fort William .... 

Maxville 

Brighton 

Toronto 

Listowel 

Lucknow 

Vankleek Hill 

Rainy River 

London 

Pembroke 

Fort Frances 

Wallaceburg 

Dawson City, Y.T 

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Madoc 

Toronto 

West Lome 

Midland 

Campbellford .... 
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Fort Erie N 

Brampton 

Orillia 

Cobalt 

Thornhill 

Russell 

Toronto 

Timmins 

Inwood 

Mimico 

Toronto 

Shelbume 

Toronto 

Lambton Mills. . . 

Durham 

Ottawa 

Iroquois Falls. . . . 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
CHAPTER RETURNS 



No. 


Name of Chapter 


Where Held 


Regular Convocation 


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225 




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Perth 

Belleville 




226 




Third Thursday. . . 


227 


Quinte Friendship 




230 




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250 


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Kirkland Lake 

Sarnia 




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Reeal 




254 




Third Monday 











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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



LIST OF CHAPTERS-BY DISTRICTS. 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT, No. 1 

Grand Superintendent -R. Ex. Comp. Harold Melville Roach 

118 Grand Avenue E., Chatham, Ont. 



No. 

47. 
71. 
73. 

80. 

88. 



Wellington Chatham 

Prince of Wales Amherstburg 

Erie Ridgetown 

Ark Windsor 

MacNabb Dresden 



No. 

119. King Cyrus Leamington 

153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

164. Lome West Lome 

239. Blenheim Blenheim 

250. Thomas Peters Windsor 



LONDON DISTRICT, No. 2 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. John Herbert Teasell 

268 Emma Street, Sarnia, Ont. 



No. 

3. St. John's London 

5. St. George's London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 

53. Bruce Petrolia 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 

74. Beaver Strathroy 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 



No. 

81. Alymer Aylmer 

150. London London 

214. Vimy Inwood 

238. The St. Andrew London 

242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

247. Nilestown Nilestown 

252. Hiawatha Sarnia 



WILSON DISTRICT, No. 3 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Willard Butler 

R. R. No. 5, Simcoe, Ont. 



No. 

18. Oxford Woodstock 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 

23. Ezra Simcoe 



No. 

41. Harris Ingersoll 

115. Brant Paris 

253. Regal Port Dover 



WELLINGTON DISTRICT, No. 4 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Edward Valentine MacCormack 

Georgetown, Ontario. 



No. 

32. Waterloo Gait 

40. Guelph Guelph 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 

83. Ionic Orangeville 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 



No. 

218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

221. Durham Durham 

234. Halton Georgetown 

245. Preston Preston 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 
HAMILTON DISTRICT, No. 5 



187 



Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. John Hamilton Lee 
10 Second Avenue, Stoney Creek, Ont. 



No. 

2. The Hiram Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 

104. White Oak Oakville 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 



No. 

175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

224. Keystone Hamilton 

236. Caledonia Caledonia 

243. McKay Stoney Creek 



HURON DISTRICT, No. 6 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. William Henry Roope 
Box 50, Goderich, Ont. 



No. 

24. Tecumseth Stratford 

30. Huron Goderich 

46. St. James St. Marys 

63. Havelock Kincardine 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 



No. 
84. Lebanon Wingham 

129. Elliot Mitchell 

130. Chantry Southampton 

146. Bernard Listowel 

147. Lucknow Lucknow 



NIAGARA DISTRICT, No. 7 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Robert Jackson 
238 Dufferin Street, Fort Erie, Ont. 



No. 

19. Mt. Foriah St. Catharines 

29. McCallum Dunnville 

55. Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 

64. Willson Welland 



No. 

69. Grimsby Grimsby 

76. Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

240. Smithville Smithville 



TORONTO EAST DISTRICT, No. 8 



No. 

4 



Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Leith Longmore Querie 
20 Balford Avenue, Toronto 13, Ont. 



St. Andrew & St. John .... Toronto 

8. King Solomon's Toronto 

62. York Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 

145. The St. Patrick Toronto 



No. 

163. The Beaches Toronto 

205. Victoria Thornhill 

217. St. Alban's Toronto 

225. Beaver Toronto 

235. Aurora Aurora 

241. University Toronto 



188 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
TORONTO WEST DISTRICT, No. 8A 



Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Orton Todd Walker 
8 Main Street N., Brampton, Ont. 



No. 

77. Occident Toronto 

91. Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 

138. Shekinah Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 

219. Ulster Toronto 



No. 

220. 
230. 
231. 
232. 
233. 
24G. 



Lebanon Lambton Mills 

Port Credit Port Credit 

The St. Clair Toronto 

King Cyrus Toronto 

Oakwood Toronto 

Humber Weston 



GEORGIAN DISTRICT, No. 9 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. William Harold Work 
Wiarton, Ont. 



No. 

27. Manitou Collingwood 

34. Signet Barrie 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 



No. 

131. Amabel Wiarton 

167. Kichikewana Midland 

198. Couchiching Orillia 



ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 10 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Walker Hector Inch 
Box 369, Port Hope, Ont. 



No. 

28. Pentalpha Oshawa 

35. Keystone Whitby 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 

37. Victoria Port Hope 

4r>. Excelsior Colborne 

48. St. John's Cobourg 



No. 

94. Midland Lindsay 

HO. Warkworth Warkworth 

134. King Darius Cannington 

168. Ionic Campbellford 

249. Palestine Bowmanville 



PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT, No. 11 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Maitland Roy Anderson 
33 Bleecker Avenue, Belleville, Ont. 



No. 

7. The Moira Belleville 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 



No. 

72. Keystone Stirling 

144. Presqu'Ile Brighton 

161. Madoc Madoc 

227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 



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189 



ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT, No. 12 



No. 



Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Cecil David Beckett 
Kemptville, Ont. 

No. 



1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui 

Kingston 

22. Grenville Prescott 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville 



68. Maitland Kemptville 

112. St. John's Morrisburg 

113. Covenant Cornwall 

132. Leeds Gananoque 



No. 



OTTAWA DISTRICT, No. 13 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp John Middleton 
277 Wesley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 
No. 



16. Carleton Ottawa 

61. Granite Almonte 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 

116. Maple Carleton Place 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 

143. Glengarry Maxville 



148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

151. Laurentian Pembroke 

210. Kitchener Russell 

222. Ottawa Ottawa 

226. Prince of Wales Perth 

248. Dochert Arnprior 



ALGOMA DISTRICT, No. 14 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Franklin Warner 
410 Second Street E., Fort Frances, Ont. 



No. 

82. Shuniah Port Arthur 

90. Golden Kenora 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 



No. 

149. Atwood Rainy River 

152. Alberton Ft. Frances 

254. Golden Star Dryden 






NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 15 
Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Percival Alymer Coates 
107 Pine Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

No. 1 No. 

58. Pembroke Mattawa 102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Mane 

95. Tuscan Sudbury | 103. St. John's North Bay 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT, No. 16 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Oswald Armstrong 

Cobalt, Ontario. 



No. 
169. 
203. 
213. 



Temiskaming New Liskeard 

Cobalt Cobalt 

Northern Lights Timmins 



No. 

223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



YUKON TERRITORY DISTRICT, No. 17 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Charles Hathway Chapman 

Dawson City, Yukon Territory. 

154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 



190 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SUSPENSIONS, 1948. 

Chapter No. 

1. George Brown, Frederick Decker, John Watson. 

4. Joseph Taylor, Joseph Earl Giles. 

5. Eugene Robert Kent. 

6. Edgar Barlow, Geo. W. Montgomery, C. G. Clarke, Wm. Russell. 

7. Harold F. Baker, William A. Lindsay, Norman D. Smith. 
26. James D. Ross. 

40. George Frederick Reed. 

47. J. A. White. 

54. Allen W. Louch, Samuel Gunning. 

56. James John Eyles, Frank G. Foster, Charles E. Locke. 

73. Chas. T. Herr, Harvey Annett, Manly B. Hayes, Walter Scane. 

76. Walter Semple Buchanan, Robt. Stephens Smith. 

80. Alexander Neilson, M. A. Musselman. 

83. Harold Van Wyck. 

88. A. Peters. 

91. Albert Edward Broblyn, Robert F. David, Ellis Lees. Wilfred Henry Saul. 

95. Alexander Godfrey, John Galbraith, William Bruce Crozier. 

103. John William Callander. 

112. C. R. Hunter, W. S. Bedingfield. 

117. Thomas R. Adams, Carl William Burrows, Clare A. Schaub, E. L. Tremain. 

132. Elmer Garrett, Frederick Huck. 

146. Morton Scott. 

148. George C. MacFarlane, Allan Renwick. 

149. Victor R. Park. 

150. Arthur Scott, J. Percy Blackwell, G. H. Meadows. 
153. William Clifford Hockin, Joseph W. Kay. 

221. C. A. Rowe. 

226. Mervyn Code. 

227. Harold C. Harns, Roblin Dulmage. 
232. William J. Twible. 

248. Harry J. Zweifel, James Milton Styles. 

252. Charles Cecil Clarke. 

r 

RESTORATIONS, 1948. 

Chapter No. 

1. David Henry Cox. 

3. Henry Deacon. 

5. Merton Dales Hambly. 

7. William James Harrison. 

16. Walter Ernest Scott. 

18. Norman McLeod. 

19. Robert Robson. 

24. Louis Roy Rosenberger. 

26. Robert Towle. 

31. Milton Carter. 

32. Harvey L. Willson. 

37. Ernest Kerwood Taylor. 

40. George Husson, Samuel Rowland Hewer, George William Bard, George 
Whitelaw Thomson, William Parker. 

44. Fred Ralph Stafford. 

45. Bruce Pogue. 
54. Harry P. Fowler. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 191 

Chapter No. 

56. Stanley McNab. 

61. Donald M. Campbell. 

63. Eugene Franklin Martyn. 

65. Charles H. Bower. 

72. W. J. Clayton Wright. 

77. Wesley Thornton Davidson, George Henry Nolder. 

80 Albert Ernest McGraw. 

82. Herbert Wood. 

84. W. H. Rintoul, George Fowler. 

91 John Edward Seaton. 

102. Lionel S. Keith. 

110. James F. Freure, Arthur C. Twiddy. 

113. Cecil R. Wale. 

119. Frederic Hairsine. 

129. John W. Walker. 

132. George William Woods, George Gardiner. 

145. Hugh Love. 

149. Charles W. Lucas. 

150. T. Roy McLeod, J. H. Brighton, R. Plank, Herbert Ray Henderson. 
161. John L. Lloyd. 

168. John Adams, Donald Plunkett. 

210. William A. Cinnamon. 

231. lames Chalmer. 

232. Peter Rankin. 

234. Harold G. Pettigrew, Arthur W. Lane. 

SCRIBES E. OF CONSTITUENT CHAPTERS, NAMES AND 
ADDRESSES, 1949. 

Chapter No. 

1. T. N. Clarke, 173 Macdonnell St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. J. Herbert Forbes, 24 Hyde Park Ave., Hamilton Ont. 

3. Jas. A. Elgie, 907 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

4. Robt. J. Gray, 70 Beechborough Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. A. Cavanagh, 585 St. James St., London, Ont. 

6. John E. Grady, 85 Balmoral Ave. S., Hamilton. Ont. 

7. L. C. Pattrick, 228 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 

8. Stanley G. Tinker, 75 Kingsmount Pk. Rd., Toronto 8, Ont. 

15. E. L. Treitz, 455 Cromwell St., Sarnia. Ont. 

16. F. A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverly St., Ottawa, Ont. 

18. Alex. Wishart, 448 Dundas St., Apt. 3, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. A. E. Coombs. 197 Church St., St. Catharines, Ont. 
20. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford, Ont. 

22. E. A. Cook, Prescott, Ont. 

23. Wm. F. Tyrrell, 240 Kent St.. Simcoe, Ont. 

24. Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 

26. N. M. Sprague, 103 Shuter St., Trenton, Ont. 

27. R. H. Davidson, 361 Cedar St., Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. W., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. James Loggie, Box 116, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. F. R. Darrow, K.C., Box 277, Goderich, Ont. 

31. Hilton McCartney, Box 684, Picton, Ont. 

32. F. C. Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 

34. G. O. Smith, 232 Elizabeth St., Barrie, Ont. 

35. J. N. Thomas, Box 203, 1350 Dundas St., Whitby, Ont. 

36. D. Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterboro, Ont. 






192 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Chapter No. 

37. Mark P. Wickett, 3 Ward St., Box 808, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. R. M. Finlay, 42 Central St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. Lyle L. Mansfield, Box 815, Ingersoll, Ont. 
44. Ernest J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 
54. S. E. Turpin, Box 361, Colborne, Ont. 

46. J. W. Durr, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham, Ont. 

48. W. Sherman Cooper, 275-B Division St. N., Cobourg, Ont. 

53. Robert M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. F. W. Epps, Box 62, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. Dr. C. J. Baxendale, 70-3rd St. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. C. F. Rogers, 24 Division St., Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. Harry Acton, 13 Maple St., Brockville, Ont. 

61. E. J. Lee, Box 355, Almonte, Ont. 

62. C. M. Platten, 203 Vaughan Rd.. Apt. 1, Toronto 12, Ont. 

63. R. J. Kincaid, Box 149, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. C. E. Griffen, R. R. No. 5, Welland, Ont. 

65. James Thomson, 16 Poplar Plains Cres., 112 King St. W., Toronto, Out. 

66. M. A. Reid, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. R. G. Barton, Box 212, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. I. M. Anderson, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. L. O. Hysert, R. R. No. 2, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. Herbert H. Courtney, Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. Thomas W. Solmes, Court House, Belleville, Ont. 

73. Thos. E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. W. G. MacVicar, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. Robert B. Galbraith, Box 275, Milton, Ont. 

76. John R. Weare, 1855 Ferry St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Jas. T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto 4, Ont. 

78. Roy G. Nunn, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. J. W. Wrieht, 849 Broadview Ave., Apt. l\\/ 9 , Toronto, Ont. 

80. Godfrey Gale, 1095 Bruce Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

81. Archie S. Hare, R. R. No. 4, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. S. H. Green, 43 Prospect Ave., Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. A. L. Hartmier, Box 203, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. E. S. Lewis, Box 182, Wingham, Ont. 
88. C. W. King, Box 303, Dresden, Ont. 

90. J. F. Bellamy, 712-4th Ave. S., Kenora, Ont. 

91. R. Somerville, 127 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

94. F. S. Crichton, 6 Lindsay St. N., Lindsay, Ont. 

95. P. A. Coates, 107 Pine St., Sudbury, Ont. 

102. M. C. Garron, 301 Pirn Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. Dr. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

104. John G. Hadden, R. R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 
110. O. B. Phillips, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. Dr. Wm. C. Davy, Box 40, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. R. M. Armstrong, 104 York St., Cornwall, Ont. 

114. H. Young, Box 674, Renfrew, Ontario. 

115. H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris, Ont. 

116. M. W. Rogers, 8 Allan St., Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. Wm. Roy Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Gordon Bloomfield, 10 Howard Ave., Leamington, Ont. 

129. Fred Porterfield, Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. H. Yates, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. Dr. S. E. Foster, Box 181, Wiarton, Ont. 



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Chapter No. 

132. J. Neil MacMillan, 184 King St. E., Gananoque, Ont. 

133. C. A. Bailey, 50 George St., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. K. C. Mark, Cannington, Ont. 

135. Harry V. Watson, Box 397, Uxbridge, Ont. 
James Reidford, 25 Brookside Ave. N., Toronto, Ont. 
Frank Ryder, 214 Mclntyre St., Pt. Arthur, Ont. 
W. S. MacLean, Maxville, Ont. 
Chas. A. Wilson, Brighton, Ont. 
E. H. Pratt, 996 Avenue Rd., Toronto, Ont. 
Harry Sargent, Listowel, Ont. 
James E. Little, Lucknow, Ont. 
Dr. D. A. Irvine, Box 171, Vankieek Hill, Ont. 
William Hirst, Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 
G. T. E. Martin, 36 Duchess Ave., London, Ont. 
C. W. Fraser, 1100 Bronx Street, Pembroke, Ont. 
C. L. Sundin, 602 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont. 
John Burnett, 444 Duncan St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 
C. H. Chapman, Dawson, Y.T. 

John McNiece, Dundas Hereford Farms, R. R. No. 3, Dundas, Ont. 
Edwin T. Naylor, Madoc, Ont. 

A. T. Trotter, 275 Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
A. Smith, West Lome, Ont. 
H. E. White, Box 657, Midland, Ont. 
William H. Brady, Campbell ford, Ont. 
J. Penman, Box 225, New Liskeard, Ont. 
W. J. Shaw, 36 Grant Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 
John A. Bell, 235 Emerick Ave., Fort Erie N., Ont. 
E. A. Hay, 246 Main St. N., Brampton, Ont. 
H. K. Maynard. 109 Front St. S., Orillia, Ont. 
C. F. Southall, Cobalt, Ont. 
Herbert A. Sparks, 417 Elm Rd., Toronto, Oiii. 
A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 
Samuel J. Sword, 494 Spadina Ave., Toronto, vjih. 
J. Harnden, Box 114, Timmins, Ont. 

214. Foster W. Smith, R. R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 
T. B. Rogers, 11 Elma St., Mimico, Ont. 
A. J. Arthur Simmons, 147 Rumsey Rd., Toronto 12, Ont. 
S. Patterson, Box 331, Shelburne, Ont. 
G. C. Macdonell, 64 Earlsdale, Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ont. 
H. C. McKecknie, Box 10, Durham, Ont. 
A. H. McKee, 145 Patterson Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 
J. R. Spence, Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
J. S. Drvsdale, 800 Cannon St. E., Hamilton, Ont. 
H. W. Richardson, 129 Scarboro Rd., Toronto, Ont. 
L. V. Wood, R. R. No. 4, Perth, Ont. 
W. M. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville, Ont. 
E. S. McNeice, Box 277, Port Credit, Ont. 
L. J. Colling, 268 Wright Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
Wm. Steggles, 201 Pacific Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
A. McD. Hannah, 167 Albertus Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
E. L. Arnold, Box 26, Georgetown, Ont. 
Frank Hope, Box 335, Newmarket, Ont. 
A. T. Lang, R.R. No. 3, Caledonia. Ont. 
A. V. Sedgwick, 194 Duchess Ave., London, Ont. 
G. C. Rutherford, Box 8, Blenheim, Ont. 



194 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Chapter No. 

240. S. Magder, Smithville, Ont. 

241. N. W. J. Haydon, 564 Pape Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

242. G. U. Howell, Lambeth, Ont. 

243. John H. Lee, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. A. P. Hertel, 558 Hamilton St., Preston, Ont. 

246. W. G. Leyland, 217 Lambton Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

247. John Johnson, R. R. No. 8, London, Ont. 

248. Arch. S. McLaren, Box 764, Arnprior, Ont. 
249 L. W. Dippell, Box 40, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Maurice W. Honeyman, 2005 Iroquois St., Windsor, Ont. 

251. E. J. Harris, 2 Government Rd. E., Box 581, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. R. A. Bond, 408 Wellington St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. E. Hind, Port Dover, Ont. 

254. W. B. Leishman, Dryden, Ont. 

FIRST PRINCIPALS OF CONSTITUENT CHAPTERS, NAMES 
AND ADDRESSES, 1949. 

Chapter No. 

1. D. J. Rankin, 69 Clarence St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. John Renfrew, 195 Wexford Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. W. K. Williams, 26 Bond St. W., London, Ont. 

4. H. Howell, 75 O'Connor Dr., Toronto, Ont. 

5. A. C. Folmer, 115 Iroquois Ave., London, Ont. 

6. W. B. Matthews, 243 Ottawa St. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Harvey R. Scott, Point Anne, Ont. 

8. Arthur Lewis, 222 Ellerslie Ave., Willowdale, Ont. 

15. L. W. Harper, 258 Bright St., Sarnia, Ont. 

16. Rev. A. B. Casselraan, 223 Front St., Hull, Que. 

18. J. Hibner, R. R. No. 1, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. Jack S. Pringle, 91 St. Patrick St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. J. W. Wilson, 166 William St., Brantford, Ont. 

22. W. V. Richards, Prescott, Ont. 

23. E. W. Phillips, Delhi, Ont. 

24. J. F. Adamson, 131 Huron St., Stratford, Ont. 

26. A. Smith, 238 Dundas St., Trenton, Ont. 

27. V. A. Ellis, 340 Hurontario St., Collingwood, Ont. 

28. M. H. Smith, 125 Burk St., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. W. A. Farr, Wainfleet, Ont. 

30. J. H. Johnston, Goderich, Ont. 

31. E. R. Hodgson, Picton, Ont. 

32. F. R. Lawrence, 139 St. Andrews St., Gait, Ont. 

34. I. McLachlan, 33 Essa Rd., Barrie, Ont. 

35. J. R. Corner, 2 Laxton St., Toronto, Ont. 

36. D. D. Grant, 268 George St. S., Peterboro, Ont. 

37. Carl J. Smith, Victoria St., Port Hope, Ont. 

40. J. M. Derby, 86 Woolwich St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. J. M. Wilson, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. B. Vandusen, Marlbank, Ont. 

45. H. Bellamy, R. R. No. 4, Brighton, Ont. 

46. A. W. Dickson, 82 Cherry St., Stratford, Ont. 

47. Cecil Best, 6 Elm St., Chatham, Ont. 

48. P. R. Parks, 208 University St., Cobourg, Ont. 

53. J. Hackett, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. A. W. Ney, Port Stanley, Ont. 

55. H. M. Newton, Tr., Box 126, Niagara on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. R. V. Garbutt, 892- 16th St. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 



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Chapter No. 

57. R. White, 354 Catharine St., Pt. Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. W. C. McNish, 61 Hubble St., Brockville, Ont. 

61. M. Pilkey, Almonte, Ont. 

62. G. A. Cooper, 85 Brookdale Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

63. W. J. Griffith, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. T. A. Barron, Fonthill, Ont. 

65. G. C. Snell, 170 St. George St., Toronto, Ont. 

66. John Bach, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. D. A. Cox, Box 195, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. H. D. Hyndman, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. A. Clark, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. David Botsford, Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. Harry Morrow, Stirling, Ont. 

73. J. L. Carnegie, R.R. No. 1, Muirkirk, Ont. 

74. W. A. Campbell, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. Charles W. Clark, Milton, Ont. 

76. J. W. Lyon, 978 Morrison St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Samuel Bustard, 120 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, Ont. 

78. G. Portice, R. R. No. 6, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. R. V. Edge, 1A Logan Ave. N., Toronto, Ont. 

80. F. Pithie, 1880 Ottawa St., Windsor, Ont. 

81. Lloyd Swinn, R.R. No. 1, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

82. G. A. Matheson, 226 N. Algoma St., Pt. Arthur, Ont. 

83. G. O. Wain, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. K. H. Saxton, Wingham, Ont. 
88. J. C. Brown, Tupperville, Ont. 

90. G Noble, R.R. No. 1, Kenora, Ont. 

91. Paul Phipps, 295 Belsize Dr., Toronto 12, Ont. 

94. A. Rettie, Fenelon Falls, Ont. 

95. C. A. Eby, 358 Lloyd St., Sudbury, Ont. 

102. J. C. McLean, 295 Farwell Terrace, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. G. L. Henderson, Deep River, Ontario. 

104. L. S. Hope, Oakville, Ont. 
110. C. B. Plant, Hastings, Ont. 

112. Dr. C. Haley, Iroquois, Ont. 

113. R. A. Young, 619i^ First St., Cornwall, Ont. 

114. H. V. Hohs, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. J. B. Riddell, Paris, Ont. 

116. A. J. Illingworth, George St., Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. E. James, 64 Agnes St., Kitchener, Ont. 
119. R. R. Willett, Wheatlev, Ont. 

129. W. I. Heath, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. A. Ruxton, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. G. G. Sinclair, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. W. G Tryon, 41 Princess* St., Gananoque, Ont. 

133. J. J. Carpenter, 15 Cornelia St., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. F. H. Johnson, Pefrerlaw, Ont. 

135. W. S. Hochberg, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. Harry Huggins, 117 Indian Road Cresc, Toronto, Ont. 

140. A. C. J. Knox, 178 Mary St. E., For: William, Ont. 

143. H. A. Wilkes, Maxville, Ont. 

144. O. E. Kelly, Brighton, Ont. 

145. H. G. Scott, 123 Stibbard Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

146. Dr. F. Hay, Listowel, Ont. 

147. A. C. Agnew, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Dr. D. S. McPhee, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 



196 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Chapter No. 

149. W. G. Crocombe, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. R. A. Fulton, 69 Elm St., London, Ont. 

151. R. W. Duff, R.C.M.P., Pembroke, Ont. 

152. S. B. Black, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. D. Du Chene, 337 Lafontaine St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. W. E. Fournier, Dawson, Y. T. 

155. M. R. Brown, R. R. No. 1, Jerseyville, Ont. 
161. A. V. Gaebel, Madoc, Ont. 

163. J. A. Parrott, 325 Kingswood Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

164. R. Ward, Rodney, Ont. 

167. B. J. Brownell, Port McNicoll, Ont. 

168. John Wilmink, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. Karl Budan, New Liskeard, Ont. 

175. W. B. Duncan, 85 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton, Ont. 

184. W. C. Steele, 47 Mary St., Fort Erie, Ont. 

195. Gordon MacKenzie, 15 Frederick St., Brampton, Ont. 

198. Wilfred Varley, Orillia, Ont. 

203. R. E. Roberts, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. C. R. Scott, Thornhill, Ont. 

210. F. Mcintosh Case, Winchester, Ont. 

212. Samuel Abrams, 32 Lauder Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

213. E. R. MacElwee, 17 Kent Ave., Timmins, Ont. 

214. Gordon Campbell, R. R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. E. A. Sheppard, 100 Queen Anne's Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

217. T. A. Mackie, 319 Manor Rd. E., Toronto 12, Ont. 

218. J. C. McGhee, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. J. W. Sheard, 424 Oakwood Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

220. W. J. G. Kirkpatrick, R. R. No. 1, Islington, Ont. 

221. W. H. Kress, Durham, Ont. 

222. C. W. Mcintosh, 91 Hopewell Ave.. Ottawa, Ont. 

223. G. L. Caqueron, Box 180, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. Nelson E. King, Aldershot, Ont. 

225. John Broadfoot, 15 Hazelwood Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

226. W. M. Rogers, R. R. No. 4, Perth, Ont. 

227. E. Lidster, 128 Chatham St., Belleville, Ont. 

230. A. L. Whittaker, Lome Park P. O., Ont. 

231. M. R. MacDonald, 65 Cavell Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

232. E. H. Stanners, 298 Lakeshore Rd., Mimico, Ont. 

233. J. A. McGregor, 31 Earlscourt Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. E. R. Dron, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. G. L. Wilkinson, Aurora, Ont. 

236. Ross Deagle, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. E. W. Mitchell, 34 Logan Ave., London, Ont. 

239. Lome Powell, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. Fred Nelson, St. Anns, Ont. 

241. S. Hartill, 35 Buckingham Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

242. William Schram, Delaware, Ont. * 

243. L. T. McDougall, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. L. R. Hertel, Nelson St., Hespeler, Ont. 

246. D. J. McLean, 207 John St., Weston, Ont. 

247. G. Tucker, R. R. No. 8, Ealing P.O., London, Ont. 

248. M. S. Tripp, Fitzroy Harbour, Ont. 

249. H. Freeman, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. John W. Dickens, 1629 Moy Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

251. R. Pineger, 74 First St., Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. H. H. Graham. Provincial Police, Parliament Bldg., Toronto, Ont. 

253. R. Cooper, R. R. No. 3, Pt. Dover, Ont. 

254. Alan Durance, Box 329, Dryden, Ont. 



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197 



Grand First Principals Z. of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1949 



*W. M. Wilson 1857 

*Thompson Wilson 1858 

•T. D. Harington 1859-60 

'John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 

7-8-9-70-1 

*S. B. Harman 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-80 

^Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

*Robt. Hendry, Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

•J. J. Mason 1890-1 

•J. E. Harding 1892-3 

•J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

•M. Walsh 1906-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

* \. Shaw 1903-4 



"William Roaf 1905-6 

*John Leslie 1907-8 

*George Moore 1909-10 

♦Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

*Danicl F. Macwatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-16 

*A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

*Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

"Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

♦Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

♦Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

•Edwin Smith 1928-9 

'Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

*Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

♦Alexander Cowan 1934 

George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

*Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40.' 

♦John M. Empey 1941 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949 



Honorary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 



Elected 

'Henry Robertson 1888 

Kivas Tullv 1891 

Hugh Murray 1903 

Harry H. Watson 1909 



Elected 

♦E. T. Malone 1919 

♦A. T. Freed 1920 

♦Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 



Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada 



'Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

'R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

'Daniel Spry 1876-7 

'David McLellan 1878-91 



♦Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

'George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

•Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

♦Edwin Smith 1929-1949 



Deceased 



198 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

AT GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Grand Chapter 


Name 


Residence 




Robert N. McElhinney 




Alberta 


Brampton 








A. G. N. Bradshaw 






Toronto 




W. H. Carl McEachern .... 


Toronto 




Kenneth S. Clarke 


Copper Cliff 
Kingston 






George W. Slack 

Frederick J. Johnson 

Kenneth Carrie 

G. H. Havward 


Toronto 




Toronto 




Toronto 




Hailevbury 




Ottawa 




Joseph J. Shelley 


Toronto 




Haileybury 




B. F. Nott 


North Bay 




R. W. McFadden 


Brantford 




Hamilton 




A. S. H. Cree, D.D 


Leamington 




W. Bailie Stothers 

Edwin A. Cook 


London 




Prescott 




Toronto 






Cobalt 




A. J. Stringer 

Fred W. Dean 


Toronto 




Hamilton 






London 






Ottawa 




Wm. J- Tow 


Toronto 




Clias. W. Powers 


Ottawa 




W. S. M. Enouy 

Tosenh Lofthouse, D.D 


Toronto 




Kenora 






London 




X. M. Sprague 


Trenton 




\. D. Maclntvre 


Toronto 




R. B. Darpavel 


Toronto 










Tohn M. Burden 


Toronto 




T. Austin Evans 


Toronto 




A. G. Tipper 


Kirkland Lake 




T. A. M. Taylor 

C. M. Pitts 


Hornby 




Ottawa 


Ohio 


Edwin Smith 


London 




Fd. Worth 






Wm. E. Tregenza 


Windsor 




F. F. Stephens 


Hamilton 




Geo. L. Gardiner 


Toronto 




Neil A. MacEachern 


Waterloo 


Rhoie Island 


E. H. Brennan 


Stoney Creek 




C. Alex Sollitt 


Peterborough 
Toronto 




Alex. McD. Hannah 


South Carolina 


Herb. F. Thompson 


Kingston 




D. C. Patmore 


Orillia 


Tennessee 


Chas. Fotheringham 


Dryden 


Texas 


W. E. Cowling 


Ottawa 


Utah 


V. M. Hare 


Uxbridge 
Niagara Falls 




Chas. H. Sheppard ... 




Svdnev G. Newdick 

Fred G. Smith 


Toronto 


Vireinia 


Ottawa 


Washington 


Walter G. Price 


Toronto 




Wm. J. Shaw 




W-st Virginia 


Harry T. McCallum 


London 


Wisconsin 


T. W. Woodland .. 


Toronto 




Robert Clark .... 











ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



199 



Grand Chapter 



Residence 



Alabama 

Alberta 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

British Columbia 

California 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

District of Columbia 

Florida 

Georgia 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Freland 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Manitoba 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Brunswick 

Hampshire 

Jersey 



New 
New 
New South Wales 



New 
N ew 
New 



York 

Zealand 

Mexico 

North Carolina 
North Dakota... 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oresron 

Pennsylvania 

Quebec 

Queensland 

Rhode Island .... 

Saskatchewan 

Scotland 

South Carolina. 
South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Veimont 

Victoria 



Virginia 

Washington 

Western Australia 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 



Walter F. Estes 

F. S. Watson 

Harold J. Fulton 

George H. Wright... 

John MacLeod 

Angus L. Cavanagh. 

Jule S. Vaughan 

Geo. N. Delap 

Nathaniel D. Rand. 

Lucien G. Young 

H. J. Wendland 

T. B. Fife 

Chas. Hartung 

Fred W. Soady 

William H. Baugh... 
E. W. F. Holler 



Roy H. Clossen 

A. Gordon Susler 

John W. Armstrong... 

John G. Fass 

Frank W. Brownell 

Gerald M. Pine 

Herman W. Bethe 

Arthur Burke 

J. Arthur Jensen 

Leon S. Lippincott 

Orson H. Swearingen. 

Marion A. Averill 

Tohn N. McCune 

Carl F. Dodge 

Edgar W. Mair 

Alfred H. White 

Godfrey Pittis 

H. B. Mathews 

Clifford A. McDonald 
Norman B. Spencer... 
William L. Ranville .. 

W. G. Bandy 

Clifford E. Miller 

G. S. Wright 

George T. Kohler 

Frank E. Eldred 

Fred A. Purdin 



Arthur J. Osgood 

J. Shirra, Sr 

Norris G. Abbott 

Lome Johnson 

The Earl of Lauder 

Wm. W. Wannamaker 

Charles L. Clampitt 

R. H. Roney, Sr 

T. H. Morrow 

Herman L. Bauer 

Harry B. Springstead .. 
Allen Grant 



Fitzhugh L. Grimstead 

Andrew E. Solberg 

Wm. Henry Berry 

Wilbur H. Cramblett ... 

Oscar E. Peterson 

Mason I. Chapin 



Birmingham 

9805 - 112th St., Edmonton 

Coolidge 

Fort Smith 

1017 Nelson St., Vancouver 

West Los Angeles 

R2, Colorado Springs 

Hartford 

Wilmington 

Washington 

Bradenton 

Macon 

Payette 

Pekin 

Terre Haute 

Brooklyn 

Coffeyville 

Mavsville 

Welsh 

Benton Station 

Winnipeg 

Denton 

Medford 

1721 -16th St. Port Huron 

Minneapolis 

Vicksburg 

Kansas City 

Choteau 

Kearney 

Fallon 

Woodstock 

Plymouth 

Allendale 

Box 2968 N. W., Sydney 

Medina 

Box 315 Auckland, CI 

Albuquerque 

Lincolnton 

Fargo 

Halifax 

Cincinnati 

RFD No. 1, Drumright 

Medford 

216 Lafavette St., Montreal South 

Coorparoo 

Providence 

503 Sterling Trust Bldg. Regina 

Lauder, Scotland 

Orangeburg 

Mitchell 

Newbern 

Dallas 

Salt Lake City, Wash. 

Bradford 

6 S^rord Ave. East Kew, 

Melbourne, Victoria 
Norfolk 

825 West 70th St., Seattle 
209 Cambridge St., Wembley Pk. 
Wheeling 

316 Oak St., Menasha 
Ri vert on 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND SECRETARIES 



Grand Chapter 



Name 



Residence 



Alabama 

Alberta 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

British Columbia 

California 

Canada 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

District of Columbia . 

England 

Florida 

Georgia 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Ireland 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Manitoba 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Quebec 

Queensland 

Rhode Island 

Saskatchewan 

Scotland 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

v i<~toria 

Virginia 

Washington 

Western Australia 

W^st Virginia 

Wisconsin 

W\oming 

Gen. Grand Chapter. 



Charles H. Stubinger... 

F. J. Hand 

Joseph A. E. Ivey 

C. D. Hill 

Geo. H. MacKav, G.S.E 

Chester H. Newell 

Edwin Smith, G.S.E 

Harry W. Bundy 

Bliss W. Clark 

Marshall M. Carpenter 

Aubrey H. Clayton 

Sydnev A. White, G.S.E 

John B. Phelps 

W. J. Penn, Jr 

Edward H. Way 

Edward E. Core 

Chas. Thomas 

Ross J. Camblin 

E. Elmer F. Strain 

H. R. Shelkird. G. Reg 

C. K. A. McGaughey ... 

Lee W. Harris 

Comers E. Leach 

T. Sellar Cook: G.S.E. 

Chas. H. Welden 

Ravmond T. Sewall 

Roy Andrus 

John H. Anderson 

Sid. F. Curtis 

Rav V. Denslow 

Luther T. Hauberg 

Carl R. Greiscn 

E. C. Peterson 

Roy E. Crawford, G.S.E 

J. Melvin Dreiser 

Charles D. McCrackcn 
Lloyd B. Johnson 

F. R. Sinden 

C. G. Wilhelms 

F. J. Rea 

Millard F. Mckcel Jr 

Walter L. Stockweli 

Harold F. Sipprell 

Mont. C. Hanibright 

James A. Lathin 

Ri'havd H. Tusant 

John C. F. Kitselman 
W. Williamson, G.S.E. . 

S. W. Coulter 

E. M. Wheeler 

Alfred A. Wilson. G.S.E 
Geo. A. Howell, G.S.E. 

O. Frank Hart 

Elvin F. Strain 

T. E. Doss 

Frank Oldham 

Bert. Atwater 

Aaron H. Grout 

Hy. O. Thomas 

lames N. Hillman 

Walter H. Steffey 

Hugh C. Anderson 

George W. Tavenner . 
Ward A. Rowbottom ... 

Forest G. Wheeler 

Roscoe R. Walcutt 



England- Wales M.M.M. L'ge 



T. G. L. Lumley-Smith 



Box l >8, Mas. Temple, Montgomery 
1717 -28th Ave. S.W., Ca!gary Alta. 
Box 1488, Mas. Temple, Tuscon, Ar. 
700 Scott St., Little Rock 
318 Homer St., Vancouver, B. C. 
R. 423, Mas. Temple. San Francisco 
712 Temple Bldg., Toronto, Ont. 
Rm. 319, Mas. Temple, Der.ver 
Box 388, New Britain, Conn. 
Box 254, Wilmington 99 
Mas. Temple, Washington 
Freemasons Hall, London, W.C. 
Box 283, Miami, Florida 
801 Mulberry St., Macon 
Box 1753, Boise 
Dixon, 111. 

Masonic Temple, Marion 
Bullock Bldg. Atlantic, Iowa 
Freemasons Hall, Dublin 
Masonic Temple, Topeka 
Richmond, Kentucky 

Masonic Temple, Alexandria, La. 

Mas. Temple, Portland 

29-161 Langside St., Winnipeg 

Mas. Temple, Baltimore 

Rm. 209. Mas. Temple, Boston 

Masonic Temple, Owasso 

Masonic Temple, St. Paul 

Meridian 

Trenton 

Box 896, Helena, 

M.T., 19th and Douglas. Omaha 

Carson 

Masonic Temple, St. John 

Concord 

Lambertville 

Box 535, Albuquerque, 

Unity Bldg., 16 Callaug. Sydney 

Mas. Temple, New York City 

Box 1295. Wellington 

Washington, N.C. 

Fargo 

Box 555, Wolfville, N.S. 

Springfield 

12 Flint Nat. Bk. Bldg., Muskogee 

722E Burnside, Portland 14, Ore. 

Mas. Temple, Philadelphia 

Box 3172, Montreal 

Box 425 F., Brisbane 

127 Dorence St. Providence, R.I. 

2723 Victoria Ave., Regina 

35 Liberton Garden, Edinburgh 

Columbia 

Mas. Temple. Sioux Falls 

1007th Ave. N. Nashville 

P.O. Box 296, Waco 

Masonic Temple, Salt Lnke City 

Mas. Tcmp'e. Burlington 

lf>4 Flinders St., Melbourne 

Masonic Temple, Richmond 

4338 University Bldg., Seattle 5 

St. George's Terrace, Perth 

P.O. Box 590, Parkersburg 

259 East Wells St.. Milwaukee 2 

Box 1543, Casper, Wyoming 

1605-8 East Bread St., Columbus 15, 
Ohio 

Mark Masons' Hall, London, W.C. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 



201 



IN.DEX TO PROCEEDINGS, 1949 



Address of Crand Z 21-77 

Address of Welcome, Most Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner 8-10 

Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Ottawa District .... 11-12 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 2 

Annual Convocation, 1950 155 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 133-6 

Appointment of Grand Officers 174-6 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 57 

Auditor's Certificate 131 

Auditor's Financial Statement 161-6 

By-Laws— New and Amendments Approved 49-50 

Centennial— 1957 62 

Chapters Dedicated 3-4-40 

Chapters by Districts, List of 186-9 

Chapters not Represented 19 

Committee on Benevolence 153-178 

Communications and Greetings 78-79 

Commutation Fee to Grand Chapter 174 

Condition of Capitular Masonry, Report of Committee 155 

Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 53 

Deaths 146-151 

Dispensations Issued 48-49 



Distinguished Visitors, Received from— 

Grand Chapters: Quebec, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, 
Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New 
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin; 
General Grand Chapter R.A.M., Grand Lodge of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario, Royal and Select Masters, Sovereign 
Great Priory of Canada, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, 
Order of High Priesthood 6-7-8 

Education and Instruction 46-139 

Education, Proposed Standing Committee 174 

Election of Officers 154 

Exaltations, Gains and Losses 180-185 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committees 178-179 

Executive Committee— Appointed Members 175-178 

Executive Committee— Benevolence 153-178 

Executive Committee— Elected Members 154-177 

Fee for Exaltation, Increase in 173 

Finance, Report of Committee 167-169 



202 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

First Principals of Chapters, with Addresses , 194-196 

Fraternal Correspondence 201 

Fraternal Correspondence— Report Presented and Adopted 170 

Grand Chapter Annual Convocation 

—Opened 6 

—Officers Present 5 

—Grand Representatives Present 20 

—Closed 176 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 197 

Grand Historian and Reviewer— Elected 153 

Grand Representatives— List of 198-199 

—Appointed and Recommended 57 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 197 

Grand Secretaries— List of 200 

Grand Superintendents of Districts: 

—Confirmed 154 

—Present at Convocation 5 

—Presented and Thanked 138 

—Reports 80-129 

Guests Convey Greetings 138 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 176 

Installation of Officers 174 

Invocation 8 

Jewels Presented to Members of Grand Chapter, 25 and 50 years 50-53 

Life Membership Fund, Transfer of Funds from General Reserve 174 

Membership 70-71-133 

Memorial Service 11 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1948, Confirmed 13 

Next Place of Meeting 155 

Notices of Motion— Considered 173 

Order of Business at G.Z.'s Discretion 13 

Per Capita Tax Increased 175 

Presentation of Living Past Grand Z.'s 11 

Reception of: 

—Grand Superintendents' Reports 129 

—Grand Z.'s Address 69 

Report of Committee: 

On Credentials 14-20 

Education and Instruction 139 

Report of Executive Committee on: 

Benevolence 152-153 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 155-160 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 141 

Finance 167 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, OTTAWA, 1949 203 

Fraternal Dead 143-151 

Grand Z.'s Address 170-173 

Investments 151-152 

Printing 140 

Warrants 13 

Report of Grand Treasurer 130-132 

Report of Grand Scribe E 133-137 

Resolution to Receive Report on: 

Fraternal Correspondence 170 

Fraternal Dead 151 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Benevolence 153 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 160 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 141 

Credentials 20 

Education and Instruction 139 

Finance 170 

Grand Treasurer 131 

Grand Scribe E 137 

Grand Z.'s Address 173 

Investments 152 

Printing 140 

Warrants 14 

Returns of Constituent Chapters: 

—Financial 133-6 

-Statistical 180-5 

Restorations 190-1 

Royal Arch Masons Welcome 13 

Schedule of Investments 165 

Scribes E. of Chapters, Names and Addresses 191-4 

Scrutineers of Ballot Obligated 138 

Sub-Committees Appointed 178 

Suspensions 190 

Testimonial for Retiring Grand Z 174 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 45 72 77 

Voting for Office— Time Changed 173 

Vote of Thanks 174 



FRATERNAL 
CORRESPONDENCE 






REVIEW OF 

GRAND CHAPTERS WITHIN 

THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS 



ALBERTA 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

ENGLAND 

IRELAND 

MANITOBA 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

NEW ZEALAND 

NOVA SCOTIA 

QUEBEC 

QUEENSLAND 

SASKATCHEWAN 

SCOTLAND 

VICTORIA 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 



The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings we have 
received up to the time of publication. 



REVIEW OF 

GRAND CHAPTERS OF THE 

UNITED STATES 



ALABAMA 

ARIZONA 

ARKANSAS 

CALIFORNIA 

COLORADO 

CONNECTICUT 

DELAWARE 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

FLORIDA 

GEORGIA 

IDAHO 

ILLINOIS 

INDIANA 

IOWA 

KANSAS 

LOUISIANA 

MAINE 

MARYLAND 

MASSACHUSETTS 

MICHIGAN 

MINNESOTA 

MISSISSIPPI 



MISSOURI 

MONTANA 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

NEW JERSEY 

NEW MEXICO 

NEW YORK 

NEVADA 

NORTH CAROLINA 

NORTH DAKOTA 

OHIO 

OREGON 

PENNSYLVANIA 

RHODE ISLAND 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

TENNESSEE 

TEXAS 

UTAH 

VIRGINIA 

WASHINGTON 

WEST VIRGINIA 

WISCONSIN 

WYOMING 



The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings we have 
received up to the time of publication. 



FOREWORD 



The earth has grown old with its burden of care, 
But at Christmas it is always young. 

The old year endeth, the new lies just beyond, the darkness 
and shadow of night fade away like clouds after a storm, light is 
breaking and the dawn of a new year is just beyond the hill-tops. 
A New Year with all its doubts and fears, all its hopes and promises. 
With this thought in mind I write a Foreword to yet another Capi- 
tular review. 

It is Christmas Eve, the air is cold and crisp, snow covers the 
ground while the Heavens are studded with scintillating stars, ever 
a reminder of the guiding star which led the Wise Men to Bethle- 
hem and the little manger in which lay the infant that brought 
light and understanding to all mankind. 

Yes it is Christmas Eve and throughout the neighbourhood, 
here and there I glimpse a gaily decorated Christmas tree adorned 
with lights of fanciful coloring. Through the closed door of my 
study seep the shrill yet musical voices of youthful carol singers. 
The First Noel, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night followed by 
the strains of Peace on Earth and Mercy Mild, God and Sinners 
Reconciled. As I turn from this festive scene to more mundane 
thoughts, I find myself thinking of the words to be found in the 
Gospel according to St. Luke. "And there shall be signs in the sun 
and in the moon and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of 
nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring. Men's hearts 
failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are 
coming on earth." 

And in the contrast between the Christmas spirit and the 
prophetic words of the gospel, one cannot refrain from thinking of 
Christmas as an one-day-peace. Yet gratefully we give thanks to 
the Prince of Peace for this brief respite from the cares of modern 
life. Chaos all about, at home, abroad and in the hearts and minds 
of men of every color and clime. Rest— productive rest, what the 
world most craves and needs today. Peace of mind, contentment and 
a lengthy period of rest from the myriad troubles that beset us 
socially, industrially, nationally and internationally. May He who 
alone can give us that Peace which "passeth all understanding" 
strengthen the bars of our gates, establish happiness and rest of 
mind both within and beyond our borders. Thinking man yearns 
for a return to the conditions of the Augustan age when the temple 
of Janus was closed, the idle spear and shield were hung high and 
the trumpet no longer spoke to the armed throng. 

4 



In the natural apprehension of impending world crisis, we pre- 
pare for eventualities which we trust may never materialize. We 
strengthen our defenses and the tendency is to fear the worst. In 
the excitement of the times we lose sight of the Eternal Verities 
and the admonition that "man left to his own devices, dependent 
solely upon himself and his fellows will assuredly destroy him- 
self." We have got to learn that "Life is probation and this earth 
no goal, but merely the starting point of man. We must have faith. 
Faith begets patience, patience begets calmness, calmness begets re- 
flection, and reflection leads us to the Great Jehovah and an endur- 
ing Peace. 

And in the great scheme of things we find a place, indeed a chal- 
lenge to our Masonic creed. If we are to be worthy of our Masonic 
calling, let us exercise our collective potentiality for effective influ- 
ence and good work. Let us build not for the hour, but for all time, 
without compromising the truth along the lines of least resistance. 

"Who never sold the truth to serve the hour, 
Nor paltered with Eternal God for power." 

Let us be idealists in all our practical work, and practical in all 
our ideals— with a broad vision, a purposeful effort demonstrate our 
courage, convictions, our faith and love and then and then alone, our 
work as Craftsmen will survive. 

The theme is intriguing, the thought most comprehensive, the 
call is loud and intense, the challenge insistent, shall we as Masons 
fail to play our part or may we be relied upon no matter what be- 
falls to hold high the torch that has been tossed to our waiting 
hands. 

"Never for us the lowered hanner, 
Never the lost endeavour." 

And now my task is done, my journey through the realm of 
Capitularism ended and it is time to say adieu. Deo volente— we shall 
meet again to strengthen and lengthen the silver cord of friendship, 
that great attribute of human-kind that is woven into the very woof 
and warp of our Masonic art. 

In the words of Shakespeare let me say- 
Fare thee well. 
The elements be kind to thee, and make 
Thy spirits all of comfort. 

GEORGE L. GARDINER 

December 26, 1948 Fraternal Correspondent and Historian. 

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6 REVIEWS 

ALABAMA 

Ency F. Yeilding— Grand High Priest. 

W. E. Glazner— Acting Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-49, Membership-8062, Gain-738. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-First Annual Convocation held 
in Montgomery, November 17, 1947. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by M. Ex. Grand 
High Priest Ency F. Yeilding, after which the Grand Chaplain led 
in the devotional services. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests and forty-six Grand Repre- 
sentatives were extended a fraternal greeting. 

Among the distinguished visitors we note M. Ex. Comp. Frank 
E. Simmons from Manitoba and representatives of the Scottish Rite, 
Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters, the Order of High 
Priesthood and M. Wor. Bro. Clarence E. Michaels, Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Alabama, all of whom were cordially wel- 
comed. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was not lengthy as such 
addresses go but it fully covers all his official acts. 

After the usual salutation to those present he made reference 
to those who had passed beyond the Veils during the year. This 
was followed by a list of his appointments and a record of his 
dispensations. It is noted that charters were restored to two chap- 
ters which have been dormant for some time, also two chapters 
amalgamated during the year. Following a report on his visitations 
M. Ex. Comp. Yeilding brings his address to a close with a word 
of praise for all who assisted during his term of office. 

Among a number of memorials we note one to the memory 
of Guy T. Smith. This comes to this correspondent as a distinct 
shock. The death of one of Alabama's most outstanding Masons 
will be received with profound sorrow by those who review Ala- 
bama's proceedings and who have had a wholesome respect for 
Grand Secretary Smith. We tender our deepest sympathy to our 
Companions of Alabama in their sad loss. The following is an ex- 
tract from an eloquent tribute to the memory of the late Grand 
Secretary. 

"Again a Companion has fallen in the flight, 
The valorous champion of the Truth and Right, 
Determined, honest, level-headed, just, 
Who broke no promise and betrayed no trust, 
His genial face with courtly kindness beamed— 
By friends beloved, by all mankind esteemed." 



REVIEWS 7 

We learn from the report of the Grand Treasurer that revenue 
far exceeds expenses with total assets of $24,091.00. 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is from the pen of 
Past Grand High Priest William W. Waldo. In masterly style he 
reviews the proceedings of forty-three jurisdictions. 

While a number of Canadian Grand Chapters find space in the 
report alas our Jurisdiction is conspicuous by its absence. We are 
sure that Comp. Waldo omitted a reference to Canada for the very 
good reason that our proceedings failed to reach him in time for 
inclusion. We have perused his report with much interest especially 
his reviews of Canadian, English, Irish and Scotch Jurisdictions and 
we tender congratulations on a splendid report. 

After the election of officers James M. Jones was declared and 
installed Grand High Priest. Just here may we say that the biogra- 
phy of the retiring Grand High Priest E. F. Yeilding clearly indi- 
cates that he is man with a wealth of experience. Not only has 
he capably filled the office of Grand High Priest, but, he is also a 
Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge and decidedly active in 
many associate bodies. 

The position of Grand Secretary is now the charge of Charles 
H. Stubinger. 

The Order of High Priesthood assembled at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Canada has a most faithful representative in Alabama in the 
person of Walter F. Estes while Alabama's representative in Canada 
is Robert N. McElhinney. 

ALBERTA 

W. A. Irving— Grand First Principal. 

H. E. Bentley-Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-27, Membership-2111, Gain-152. 

The thirty-fourth Annual Convocation held in Calgary, May 
12, 1948, with the Grand First Principal presiding. 

Fourteen Past Grand First Principals and thirty-two Grand 
Representatives were in attendance. 

Following the ceremonial opening of Grand Chapter a recep- 
tion was tendered many distinguished visitors. These included the 
Grand First Principals of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, M. Ex. 
Comp. Van Demark of Montana and representative of the Grand 



8 REVIEWS 

Council, General Grand Chapter, Knights Templar and the Red 
Cross of Constantine. These were followed by M. Wor. Bro. A. D. 
Cumming, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alberta. After a 
formal welcome by the Acting Mayor of Calgary and the reading 
of the minutes, the Grand First Principal delivered his annual ad- 
dress. Opening with a friendly greeting to all present M. Ex. Comp. 
Irving paid tribute to the Fraternal Dead closing this section with 
these lines: 

"If we could see beyond the veil of sorrow, 

So often clouded by our falling tears, 
We might discover reasons for these partings, 
Which come to all who travel down the years." 

Launching forth into a detailed account of his visits both 
within and beyond his own jurisdiction, he spoke of the success 
attained during the past year. Listing of his dispensations follows. 
A scrutiny of these indicates that there is nothing unusual in the dis- 
pensations granted covering as they do purely routine matters. 

It is interesting to learn that a new chapter was formed under 
dispensation in Hughenden and a warrant issued to another new 
chapter. All of which is indicative that Capitular Masonry is on the 
move in Alberta. 

After a reference to his appointments to the Corps of Grand 
Representatives and a brief reference to the formation of a confer- 
ence of Canadian Grand Chapters, M. Ex. Comp. Irving concludes a 
very interesting and impressive address with a commentary on the 
splendid support received by him from the Grand Scribe E. and 
other officers. He quotes as his closing lines this very apt poetical 
thought: 

"My task is done, the torch shall be extinguished which has lit 

The Midnight lamp, and what is writ is writ: 

Would that it were worthier." 

Alberta is divided into four districts and the reports of the 
Grand Superintendents provide interesting reading. A perusal of 
these reports indicates that interest and enthusiasm abounds 
throughout the jurisdiction and clearly conveys to the reader that 
"all's well in Alberta." 

Turning to the enlightening report of the Grand Scribe E. we 
find much to interest this correspondent. Despite a loss of 103 Com- 
panions through death and other causes Alberta records a healthy 
increase of 152. 



REVIEWS 9 

From the Grand Treasurer we learn that finances are sound 
with receipts in excess of disbursements with a Benevolent Fund of 
$2,690.00 and assets of $5,780.67. 

The report on the "Condition of Capitular Masonry" carries 
a clear-cut picture of general conditions. It is of interest to note 
that outstanding dues are at a new low throughout the entire juris- 
diction. This is most encouraging as unpaid dues provide a serious 
financial problem to constituent chapters in most jurisdictions. Cer- 
tainly we in Ontario find this all too true. 

From a most eloquent report on the Fraternal Dead we extract 
the concluding paragraph and quotation: 

"There still abides in us Faith, Hope, Love, Faith in God, Faith in our 
Companions, Faith in ourselves and our Royal Craft. Hope that the in- 
spiration we have derived from the good works in the lives of our depart- 
ed Companions may be passed on undiminished and untarnished to future 
lives to brighten their path through this vale of tears. Love of God, Love 
for our neighbor and love for all things which express the Omnipotent 
Presence of the Great Jehovah." 

"The sands of earthly life full run, 

The rest and peace from toil begun, 

The darkness o'er, the shadows past, 

The glorious light of heaven at last. 

No more of pain, all struggles o'er, 

They live with God for evermore." 

Honorary membership was conferred on Dr. J. E. Nunn, Grand 
First Principal of Saskatchewan and also on M. Ex. Comp. A. A. 
Wilson his Grand Scribe E. The Grand First Principal of Manitoba 
Charles F. Lidster was given the rank of Honorary Past Grand First 
Principal of Alberta. Truly a most neighbourly gesture. 

The Review of Sister Jurisdictions is the product of a commit- 
tee headed by J. W. Verge. 

We believe we are indebted to Comp. Verge personally for a 
most favourable review of our Grand Chapter. He deals with our 
1947 Convocation in masterly style, giving full coverage to our 
Grand Z's address, the report of our various committees and by note 
and comment indicates that he has carefully read our proceedings 
from cover to cover. We are particularly impressed with his refer- 
ence to the pleasure he receives in reviewing Canadian jurisdictions. 
We agree with the sentiment expressed. We, too, enjoy reviewing 
the proceedings of our American friends but find our greatest pleas- 
ure in dealing with our fellow-Canadians. Familiar titles, names and 
places make us feel that after a lengthy stay among American juris- 
dictions when we reach a Canadian Grand Chapter we feel at last 
we are home and among our "ain folk." Thanks for a very fine re- 
view Comp. Verge. 



10 REVIEWS 

The election of officers resulted in A. L. Williams being ele- 
vated to the position of Grand First Principal. H. E. Bentley was re- 
elected Grand Scribe E. and Edmonton selected as the next place of 
meeting. 

Alberta is represented near our Grand Chapter by R. V. Con- 
over, while F. S. Watson is our capable representative in Alberta. 

ARIZONA 

Alba L. Massey— Grand High Priest. 

Harry A. Drachman— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 14, Membership— 1,440, Gain— 106. 

The Fifty-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Toronto, April 
6, 1948. 

M. Ex. Comp. Massey having opened Grand Chapter with all 
due ceremony requested the Grand Chaplain to deliver the Invo- 
cation. 

A host of visitors were in attendance hailing from all points of 
the compass. These included strong delegations from the General 
Grand Chapter, the Grand Chapters of Colorado, California, New 
York, New Mexico and Mississippi. Also represented were the Scot- 
tish Rite and the Grand Council. 

M. Ex. Comp. Massey extended a warm fraternal welcome to 
the distinguished visitors. Twelve Past Grand High Priests and 
thirty-six Grand Representatives also were formally greeted. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Massey was refreshingly brief yet 
withal quite complete. In his introductory remarks he extended a 
friendly greeting to all present, referred to the great loss sustained 
by Grand Chapter through the death of Past Grand High Priest 
Otto J. Baughn and paid tribute to the officers of Grand Chapter 
with a special reference to the illness of Grand Secretary Drachman. 

Visitations both within and beyond his jurisdiction are 
graphically described, followed by a list of his dispensations. These 
latter were few in number and purely administrative. 

Among his recommendations is one to abolish the office of 
Deputy Grand High Priest. This recommendation was endorsed by 
the Committee on Jurisprudence. After naming his appointments to 
the Corps of Grand Representatives he closed a stimulating address. 

The Grand Treasurer's report informs us that receipts were 
$3,655.00, with disbursements of $2,361.00, leaving cash on hand 



REVIEWS 11 

as $3,398.00, this with securities of $19,000.00 provides a net worth 
of $22,398.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is quite comprehensive covering 
all phases of the administrative work. The outstanding feature ap- 
pears to be a net increase in membership of 104. 

From an eloquent and impressive report on Necrology we 
quote two verses of Bathurst's beautiful poem: 

"Their toils are past, their work is done, 

When God recalls his own, 
And bids them leave a world of woe 

For an immortal crown? 

Then let our sorrows cease to flow; 

God has recalled his own; 
But let our hearts, in every woe, 

Still say, THY WILL BE DONE." 

From the report of the Committee on New Objectives, we note 
with more than passing interest that it is recommended that Grand 
Chapter establish and finance a Foundation for Educational and 
Occupational Training to assist the blind to become self-supporting. 
This we may suggest is a most worthy objective and one which 
would supply a suitable answer to those who are so prone to ask 
"What is Royal Arch Masonry doing to justify its existence." 

The report on Correspondence is brief in the extreme and 
merely endorses the decision of the Grand High Priest in making 
certain changes among the Grand Representatives. 

Marion R. McDaniel was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest. It is with regret we note that Harry A. Drachman retires as 
Grand Secretary, but Arizona is fortunate indeed in having such an, 
efficient replacement in the person of J. A. E. Ivey. 

The order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Percy W. Rogers has the honor of representing Arizona near 
our Grand Chapter, while our representative in Arizona is Harold 
J. Fulton. 

ARKANSAS 

J. Q. Lane— Grand High Priest. 

C. D. Hill-Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-46, Membership-5943, Gain-907. 



12 REVIEWS 

The Ninety-Ninth Annual Convocation held in Little Rock, 
November 20, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Lane as the presiding 
officer. 

After the opening ceremony the Grand Chaplain delivered an 
impressive Invocation, the final lines of which we quote— 

"And so help us to walk, this day and every day, in the light of Thy 
divine countenance, that when the labors of this life are over, we may 
pass through the final veil, to behold Thy face in peace, and to dwell with 
Thee forever." 

Ten Past Grand High Priests graced the occasion while thirty- 
eight Grand Jurisdictions were duly represented by their Grand 
Representatives. Our representative failed to respond. 

Among the array of Craft leaders in attendance we note a repre- 
sentative of the General Grand Chapter, a delegation from the 
Grand Chapter of Missouri, the Grand Master of the Grand Coun- 
cil, the Grand Commander of the Knights Templar and a strong 
delegation from the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. All were escorted to 
the altar, officially welcomed and received with Grand Honors. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Lane proves most entertaining 
and furnishes a pen picture of the year's work. 

After a gracious welcome to all present he pays sincere tribute 
to those who during the year answered that Summons which is 
beyond the power of human-kind to decline. Special tribute is paid 
to the memory of Past Grand High Priest Mark P. Olney. Then 
follows his appointments, visitations and dispensations, the latter 
all dealing with purely routine matter 



is. 



It is particularly interesting to note that the charters of two 
dormant chapters were restored and in each case a substantial num- 
ber of petitions were received indicating that they have been re- 
juvenated under favourable auspices. Other defunct chapters are 
seeking restoration and two new chapters have applied for dispen- 
sation to institute, all of which is indicative of the revived interest 
in Royal Arch Masonry in the Jurisdiction. After a word of thanks 
for the splendid service rendered by the Grand Secretary and other 
officers, M. Ex. Comp. Lane closes a bright, cheery address with this 
poetic thought: 

"Nothing useless is or low, 

Each thing in its place is best, 
And what seems but idle show, 

Strengthens and supports the rest." 



REVIEWS 13 

The Grand Treasurer's report also is impressive showing re- 
ceipts of $5,169.00, disbursements $4,009.65, and investment in War 
Bonds totalling $5,500.00. 

The Grand Secretary too presents an encouraging report with 
an increase in membership of 22 percent. He lists eight chapters 
which record increases of from 15 percent, to 63 percent. Truly an 
extraordinary performance to use his own words. 

From the address of M. Ex. Comp. Tom Q. Ellis of the General 
Grand Chapter we extract the following: 

"In the hearts and minds of men are created the designs of war, and 
likewise, in the hearts and minds of men is created the desire of peace 
on earth and good will toward all men." 

From the report on Necrology we excerpt these lines: 

"When we asunder part, 

It gives us inward pain; 
But we shall still be joined in heart. 

And hope to meet again." 

After the election of officers E. R. Wynn was regularly in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. Apparently in Arkansas the pre- 
siding officer holds his position for one year only. In Canada it is 
customary for the Grand Z. to hold office for a two-year period. 
C. D. Hill continues as Grand Secretary. 

George H. Wright represents Canada in Arkansas, while 
our genial Grand Third Principal A. G. N. Bradshaw has the 
honor to represent Arkansas near our Grand Chapter. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Edgar B. Baker— Grand Z. 

George Hugh Mackay— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-30, Membership-2,735, Gain-282. 

The Thirtieth Annual Convocation held in Vancouver, 
June 16, 1948. Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form after 
which R. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. G. Brown delivered the Invocation. 

M. Ex. Comp. Baker had the support of twelve Past Grand 
Zs. Thirty-seven jurisdictions were represented by their ac- 
credited Grand Representatives, the veteran Harry H. Watson 
doing the honors for our Grand Chapter. Visitors hailing from 
Montana, Washington and Missouri, were formally introduced 
and accorded the customary Grand Honors. 



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The address of M. Ex. Comp. Baker as usual is well up to 
the high standard of his predecessors being informative and 
inspiring. It was the product of a cultured mind and studded 
with worthwhile thoughts and lofty ideals. After a graceful 
welcome to all present he paid glowing tribute to the Past 
Grand First Principals and others whose active support and co- 
operation proved most helpful to him. From an eloquent refer- 
ence to the Fraternal Dead we extract this poetic gem: 

"Thou wert the Morning Star amongst the living 

Ere thy fair light was fled; 
Now, having died, thou art as Hesperus, giving 

New splendour to the dead." 

Following a statement on Fraternal Relations in which he 
named appointments to the Corps of Grand Representatives and 
referred to visits to other jurisdictions the Grand Z. enumerated his 
dispensations. These were few in number and purely routine, al- 
though it is noted with interest that a dispensation was granted for 
the formation of a new chapter in West Vancouver. It is noteworthy 
that he was not asked for any "rulings" during the year. Many pages 
are devoted to a detailed record of his visitations throughout the 
jurisdiction. One has only to read this section to appreciate the 
time and effort expended by M. Ex. Comp. Baker in keeping close 
contact with the constituent chapters. He pays tribute to the 
splendid effort put forth by the Grand Superintendents and other 
officers, with a well deserved commentarv on the great support 
rendered by those sterling craftsmen, M. Ex. Comps. Geo. Hugh 
Mackay, the Grand Scribe E. and J. J. Miller, Grand Registrar. We 
can sincerely subscribe to the sentiments which he so aptly expressed 
as we in Ontario have a wholesome regard for both of these zealous 
and very active officials. 

Referring to "Education," the Grand Z. speaks well of the 
"Keystone" and its editor J.G. Brown. A copy of this pamphlet has 
reached this correspondent. It is most interesting and it will be a 
pity if this little publication is not continued. 

An encouraging report on membership and the possibility of the 
instituting of new chapters follows, from which we glean the fact 
that conditions in Capitular Masonry in B.C. are following the up- 
ward trend so noticeable throughout the realm of Royal Arch 
Masonry. 

He refers to Masonic funerals and expresses a thought that the 
Royal Arch should have ceremonies for this purpose. In our juris- 
diction a Masonic funeral is recognized only as a Craft Lodge func- 
tion and quite frankly this correspondent feels that it should con- 



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tinue to be so. This, of course, is merely an outsider's viewpoint. M. 
Ex. Comp. Baker closes a stimulating address with these words: 

"It is not, then, in any spirit of tearfulness, but only as a reasonable 
precaution, that I remind you of the powerful forces that are still inimical 
to our ways. We are, and ever must be, in accord with that spherical form 
of democracy which finds expression in the governmental structure of the 
British Commonwealth of Nations, and in the United States of America. 
The so-called democracy of those who do not wish us well is pyramidal in 
form, and operates by methods which do not commend themselves to us." 

The Grand Treasurer's report is a business-like statement which 
informs us that receipts were $3922.00 with expenditures of $3 109.00, 
a bank balance of $6,449.00 and investments in Bonds totalling 
$6,600.00. Truly a very favourable financial position. 

The Grand Scribe E's report also commands our attention. A net 
increase of 282 in membership with but one chapter recording a de- 
crease while several with very healthy additions to their ranks. 

The report of the four Grand Superintendents follow closely 
the pattern of the reports of our District Officers. They give a fine 
pen picture of conditions and convey to the reader that "all's well" 
in British Columbia. 

We learn with regret that our good friend M. Ex. Comp. J. J. 
Miller was unable through illness to be present. We trust that he 
has since recovered and been restored to his accustomed health and 
vigor. 

In reading the report of the Committee on Constitution and 
Jurisprudence, we find a rather disturbing note in the recommend- 
ations that British Columbia should refrain from attending the An- 
nual Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters. It is the opinion of 
this writer that these annual gatherings can prove to be most help- 
ful in co-ordinating the efforts of the Royal Craft in Canada and in 
cementing the bonds which bind together the Royal Arch Masons of 
our fair Dominion. While we notice that this recommendation was 
adopted we are hopeful that British Columbia may rescind this 
motion and continue membership in the Conference. The Capitular 
Review is again from the facile pen of the lovable J. J. Miller. From 
a very intriguing Foreword we quote the following: 

"Master Masons everywhere are realizing that it is a wonderful privilege 
for them to receive the Degree of the Holy Royal Arch, which in the early 
history of the Degree was conferred only upon those Master Masons who 
had been installed as Worshipful Masters of their Lodges." 

"Reviewing each others Proceedings is a system of co-operation, a sys- 
tem of Masonic Education, a system of promoting International Friendship 
and Brotherhood, a system which is recognized in all Masonic Orders for 
the promotion of the best interests of the Fraternity." 



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We heartily subscribe to the sentiments expressed. 

And now what has J. J. to say about our 1947 Convocation. We 
find that as usual he has accorded us liberal space and generous 
treatment. In note and comment he deals with the high-lights of our 
meeting. Quoting from our Grand Z's address and also from the 
remarks of M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean on assuming the office of 
Grand First Principal. Facts and figures are not overlooked and 
truly it may be said to be a complete coverage of our activities. Mod- 
esty makes it difficult to speak of his reference to our last review. 
But we desire to express our thanks for his all-too-kind words. 
Would that we really merited this consideration. While we have 
never met we have established a long range friendship which we 
shall always cherish. We have thoroughly enjoyed your review J. J. 
and still look forward to the day when time and circumstances 
makes it possible to visit our friends of British Columbia. 

We cannot refrain from a brief comment on your resolution of 
loyalty to our Gracious Sovereign and his Royal Consort. In reading 
the resolution we find ourselves adding a fervent amen. 

John MacLeod was elected and installed Grand Z. while Geo. 
Hugh Mackay was re-elected Grand Scribe E. 

Our representative in British Columbia is that distinguished 
Mason, M. Ex. Comp. John MacLeod. R. Ex. Comp. John L. House 
has the honor to represent B.C. near our Grand Chapter. 

CALIFORNIA 

C. W., Gurtner— Grand High Priest. 

Chester H. Newell— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-123, Membership-23,931, Gain- 1589. 

M. Ex. Comp. Gurtner opened the Ninety-Fourth Annual Con- 
vocation, April 20, 1948, in San Francisco. 

Guests present included representatives of the Grand Chapter of 
Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. The Grand Council, General 
Grand Chapter and Knights Templar were also represented by dele- 
gations. All received a warm fraternal greeting. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests and thirty-eight Grand Re- 
presentatives answered the roll-call and were formally welcomed. 

The annual address of the Grand High Priest graphically de- 
scribes the year's work and leaves little to be desired. 

After a most gracious greeting to all present he spoke of the 



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great loss sustained through the death of three Past Grand High 
Priests, W. P. Humphreys, E. B. Spencer and J. B. McLees. He con- 
cluded this section of his address with these lines: — 

"Think truly, and thy thoughts 
Shall the world's famine feed; 
Speak truly, and each word of thine 
Shall be a fruitful seed; 
Live truly, and thy life shall be 
A great and noble creed." 

Then follows a reference to numerous appointments after 
which he offered sage advice to the subordinate chapters on the time- 
ly subject of chapter finance. 

Reference is made to Royal Arch Associations in which he stat- 
ed excellent progress was being made. These we presume are simi- 
lar to and perform a like function to our Principals' Associations. 
Among the Grand High Priest's many recommendations we note 
one to set the minimum for chapter dues at $5.00. Perhaps we may 
be treading dangerous ground when we say that in our opinion $5.00 
is surely a small amount for what a chapter has to offer. We are ac- 
cepted at our face value and a brother who learns that chapter dues 
are but $5.00 yearly may well consider it hardly worthwhile to take 
the chapter degrees. Pardon this aside but this is a touchy subject 
with this correspondent especially in our own jurisdiction. 

Among other recommendations we note one to provide funds 
for a musical ritual. We in Canada find our musical work adds 
greatly to the impressiveness of the various ceremonies. M. Ex. 
Comp. Gurtner also recommended that the Report on Fraternal 
Correspondence be eliminated from the printed proceedings as a 
means of saving printing costs. We were sorry to read of this recom- 
mendation as while the Fraternal Correspondence may not be gen- 
erally read in California, we can assure him that it is read and ap- 
preciated by the various Grand Chapters with which California is in 
correspondence, indeed in our opinion it is the silver cord that binds 
together Capitular Units throughout the realm of Royal Arch Mas- 
onry. We are happy to note that the recommendation did not carry 
although we learn that Comp. Paullin is to be limited in future to 
one page for each jurisdiction reviewed. After a grateful acknow- 
ledgment for many courtesies extended to him throughout the year 
M. Ex. Comp. Gurtner closes a very interesting address. 

The Grand Treasurer's report clearly proves that finances are 
sound and carefully managed. Receipts in excess of expenses and 
investments of some $10,000.00 in U.S. War Bonds. 



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The report of the Grand Secretary also is encouraging despite 
a loss of 851 through death and other causes. The membership re- 
cords a net gain of 1589. 

In California officials such as our District Superintendents are 
known as Inspectors and their reports on conditions generally and 
the schools of Instruction provide interesting reading. 

In a report by a committee charged with a revision of the consti- 
tution we are rather intrigued by one form which w r e in Canada 
might well adopt. It is a questionnaire to be answered and signed 
by the High-Priest Elect before his installation. There are many 
questions such as number of members, dues, rent of Chapter Room, 
assets of chapter, social, charitable and other activities, all of which 
would give a clear-cut picture of the chapter's financial and social 
position. 

The high-light of the entire proceedings as printed appears 
to be the address of the Grand Chaplain. It is a magnificent dis- 
sertation on Masonry and our responsibilities. Would that space 
permitted us to reprint this literary effort in its entirety, but we 
perforce must content ourself with quoting a few lines used by the 
Grand Chaplain to illustrate his thought. 

"I wish that there were some wonderful place 

Called the Land of Beginning Again, 
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches 

And all of our poor, selfish grief 
Could be dropped, like a shabby old coat, at the door, 

And never put on again." 

Following the election of officers George C. Verbryck was in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. Chester H. Newell continues as 
Grand Secretary and we are glad to learn that William T. Paullin 
was re-appointed Fraternal Correspondent. 

We have been greatly disappointed to note that the Report on 
Correspondence is omitted from the proceedings, but are pleased to 
learn that it is being published separately and will follow later. 
We shall look forward to receiving a copy of this report as we con- 
sider Comp. Paullin as one of our able correspondents and always 
enjoy his reviews. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 



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Canada's representative in California is Angus L. Cavanagh, 
while W. H. C. McEachern fulfills a similar role for California neal 
our Grand Chapter. 

COLORADO 

Melbern M. Neihardt— Grand High Priest. 

Harry W. Bundy— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-46, Membership-6,147, Gain-270. 

The Seventy-Third Annual Convocation was held in Denver, 
September 18, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Neihardt in the chair. 

After the ceremonial opening prayer was offered by the Grand 
Chaplain. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests supported the presiding Grand 
High Priest. Forty-nine Grand Representatives answered the roll- 
call. We regret the absence of Canada's representative. A host of 
honoured visitors were present from here, there and yonder. Among 
these were leaders of Royal Arch Masonry from Arizona, New 
Mexico, Utah, New York, Ohio and General Grand Chapter. Other 
branches of the Order represented were Royal and Select Masters, 
Knights Templar and the Grand Lodge of Colorado. A warm wel- 
come was accorded these distinguished Craftsmen who, of course, 
were received with fitting honours. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the address of M. Ex. 
Comp Neihardt in which he brilliantly and comprehensively out- 
lines his year's work. From his introductory remarks we quote a 
few words taken at random: 

''No man should ever enter any great or important undertaking 
without first invoking the blessing of Deity." 

"But learning is of no avail until it is applied, proven, and con- 
verted into knowledge; nor is knowledge of its utmost value until it be- 
comes a part of life itself and until it is habituated into wisdom, "Wis- 
dom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy get- 
ting get understanding." 

"I now dedicate the remaining portion of my life to the service of 
Masonry, which means to my fellowmen, to my country, to all that is 
high and good; to God." 

He followed by words of commendation for his officers and has 
this to say of the Past Grand High Priests: 

"And those Past Grand High Priests! I wonder if I can hope to 
ever be in their class! Don't wake me up: Let me dream." 



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He lists his visitations and it is noted that he visited each of 
his chapters and during his tenure of office addressed over 1,500 
Masons. 

Dispensations were many and varied but none of an unusual 
character. The Grand High Priest brings to a close a most inspiring- 
address with an eloquent tribute and eulogy, to the memory of the 
Fraternal Dead. As we have already intimated we have found this 
address most readable and we have particularly appreciated M. Ex. 
Comp. Neihardt's homilies and lofty thoughts so beautifully ex- 
pressed. Congratulations M. Excellent Sir. 

From a fiscal standpoint there is much of interest in Grand 
Treasurer Ilchman's report. Receipts of |6, 535.00, expenses 
$4,865.13, with a total worth $14,319.00 provide the high-lights of 
the report. 

The Grand Secretary's report is replete with statistics and other 
administrative matters presented in a most business-like manner. 
Despite a very heavy death rate he records a most commendable 
increase in membership. 

It is worthy of note that according to the Grand Lecturer the 
assets of the 46 chapters reaches the amazing total of $442,700.00. 

From a most impressive report on Memorials we extract this 
poetic gem: 

"We do not sigh when golden skies have donned 
The purple shadows and the grey of night, 

Because we know the morning lies beyond 
And we must wait a little while for light." 

Charles F. Banzhaf, Jr., again presents an admirable report on 
Correspondence, and reviews many jurisdictions, but a careful per- 
usal of these delightfully written reviews fails to find a reference to 
the Grand Chapter of Canada and this is more disturbing as last 
year we, also, failed to merit a seat in the charmed circle. Seriously 
Comp. Banzhaf we feel assured that we are responsible for our 
proceedings not receiving consideration. We have failed this year 
to be included in the reviews of many Grand Chapters and we are 
inclined to think that we have been dilatory in sending out copies 
of our proceedings. We congratulate you on a splendid report. 

The proceedings of Colorado are exceedingly well printed and 



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there is a personal touch in the portrait of each chairman which 
appears as a preface to each report. We are delighted with this 
idea and really feel that we know and are a friend of those about 
whom we have written so often. 

G. Gordon Julien was elected and installed Grand High Priest. 
Of course the estimable Harry W. Bundy continues as Grand Sec- 
retary. 

Canada is well served in Colorado by Jule S. Vaughan, who for 
years has been our faithful representative. Colorado's interests in 
Canada are the care of Kenneth S. Clark. 

CONNECTICUT 

Russell W. Potter— Grand High Priest. 

Bliss W. Clark— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-46, Membership-1 0,533, Gain-216. 

The One Hundred and Forty-Ninth Convocation held in Hart- 
ford, May 12, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Potter presiding. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form followed by prayer 
by the Grand Chaplain and the presentation of the flag. Twelve 
Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. Many distinguished 
guests were received and accorded the customary honors. These 
included delegates from the Grand Chapters of Maine, New Hamp- 
shire, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Virginia 
and Ohio. 

Leading Craftsmen from associate bodies included delegations 
from the Knights Templar, Grand Council, the Ancient and Ac- 
cepted Scottish Rite and the Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Con- 
necticut. Grand Lodge was represented by M. W. Bro. C. J. Ram- 
age, Grand Master. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Potter provides interesting read- 
ing covering as it does all phases of the year's activity. After a 
friendly greeting and an eloquent tribute to the Fraternal Dead 
the Grand High Priest enumerates his dispensations. These are 
not numerous and contain nothing of interest to an outsider. The 
Grand High Priest lists his appointments and outlines his visita- 
tions. Owing to a disability suffered in a motor accident he was un- 
able to journey to other Grand Chapters although he was capably 



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represented by the Grand King at a number of these Convocations 
including Canada. 

Under the caption of "Condition of the Rite" he stated that 
the year had been a busy one and spoke hopefully of the future 
of the Royal Arch. As an incentive to chapters two prizes were 
offered, one for the largest number of exaltations and the other for 
the greatest percentage of gain in membership. It will be interesting 
to learn just what effect this action has on the constituent chapters. 

M. Ex. Comp. Potter recommended that Grand Chapter pre- 
sent gold buttons to companions of fifty years' standing. 

The address closes with words of appreciation for the assist- 
ance rendered by the Grand Secretary and other officers during the 
year. A very fine address. 

Connecticut records the written report of all of the senior 
officers and a study of these reports provide a very clear-cut picture 
of conditions throughout the jurisdiction. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that all is well finan- 
cially with Grand Chapter. Receipts in excess of expenditures with 
a Reserve Fund of $3,562.75, a Triennial Fund of $1,592.00 and a 
One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary Fund of §961.00 provide 
the high-lights of the report. 

The Grand Secretary's report is also encouraging recording a 
healthy increase in membership. 

Two beautifully worded Memorials to the memory of Past 
Grand High Priests E. L. Darbie and J. F. Porteous appear in the 
proceedings with portraits of the deceased companions. 

Connecticut apparently does not publish a report on Fraternal 
Correspondence although we note that M. Ex. Comp. B. W. Clark 
is named Fraternal Correspondent. 

Bertram F. Bruce was elected and formally installed as Grand 
High Priest. Bliss W. Clark was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

The order of High Priesthood convened in New London on 
May 3, 1947. 

George N. Delap is Canada's representative in Connecticut, 
while Harvey J. Milne is Connecticut's representative near our 
Grand Chapter. 



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DELAWARE 

William H. Cantwell— Grand High Priest. 

Marshall M. Carpenter— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 5, Membership— 999, Loss— 10. 

The Eightieth Annual Convocation held in Wilmington, Janu- 
ary 21, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Cantwell presiding. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests and twenty-nine Grand Rep- 
resentatives were formally welcomed. 

Distinguished guests were present from the Grand Chapters of 
Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Virginia, New 
Jersey, Nevada, and the District of Columbia. 

The following associate bodies, also, were represented, Grand 
Lodge of Delaware, Grand Council, Red Cross of Constantine and 
the Knights Templar. After a warm greeting and the customary 
honors all were seated in the Grand East. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Cantwell was not lengthy, but, it 
combined some homely truth, sage advice and a resume of the 
year's work. After a friendly greeting to those present he spoke at 
length on general conditions throughout this world of disturbance. 
He had this to say: 

"The Temple of Civilization has all but been destroyed. The finer 
things of life, the things man struggled for and dreamed of, seemed to 
crumble before the onslaught of the so-called Master Race. Faith, Hope 
and Love to millions of people were just empty words. One by one all 
over the world the lights went out." 

"The enemies of everything that Masonry holds dear are putting up 
a terrific struggle to conquer the forces of good. The defeat of Hitler and 
his military might was but a phase. We now have the task of defeating 
the philosophies of Godlessness and dictatorship, not only abroad but 
here at home as well." 

Under the caption of "Necrology" he referred impressively to 
the Fraternal Dead. 

Official visitations are all fully set forth and we note his refer- 
ence to his inability to accept our invitation to attend our Con- 
vocation of April last. We, too, regret that he could not be with 
us but hope Delaware will be represented next year. 

His dispensations were few in number and relatively unim- 
portant except to those chapters interested. 



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This very fine address concludes with these words: 

"Just as a life time is all too short a time for an individual to really 
accomplish much, so has this year seemed all too short to me. Roya 1 
Arch Masonry is a journey and not a destination, and as it is a progres 
sive science, we hope that progress has been made. That is for the future 
to decide." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicates a sound fiscal 
position. Expenses less than receipts and a total worth of $1,909.67. 

From the Grand Secretary we learn that due to 37 deaths the 
membership is recorded at 999, or a loss of ten members for the 
year. 

A motion was accepted to abolish the office of Deputy Grand 
High Priest. 

Delaware does not furnish Capitular Reviews, but the report 
on Correspondence although brief is very encouraging as to the 
outlook for the future. 

F. Irving Brow was elected and formally installed Grand High 
Priest. Marshall M. Carpenter continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened December 27, 1947. 

Nathaniel D. Rand is Canada's representative in Delaware, 
while George Slack carries the commission of Delaware near our 
Grand Chapter. 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

Harry A. Strong— Grand High Priest. 

A. H. Clayton— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-14, Membership-4,737, Gain- 198. 

The Eighty-First Annual Convocation held in Washington, 
February 11, 1948. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain M. Ex. Comp. Strong de- 
clared Grand Chapter opened in Ample Form. 

Seven Past Grand High Priests and thirty-seven Grand Repre- 
sentatives were in attendance. Canada's representative Lucien G. 
Yung answered the call. Among the distinguished visitors formal- 
ly welcomed we note the Grand Master of Grand Lodge, Grand 



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Master of the Grand Council, Grand Commander, Knights Temp- 
lar and delegations from the Grand Chapters of Maryland, New 
Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Strong provides wholesome read- 
ing, facts and figures and enlightening information as to conditions 
of the Royal Craft in the jurisdiction. After the customary greet- 
ing to those present he spoke at some length on Masonry. From this 
section we quote the following: 

"My object has been to lead my Companions in an endeavor to be 
better men, citizens and Masons; to create and develop interest in Capitu- 
lar Masonry; to give assistance, advice and encouragement to our constitu- 
ent Chapters; and to impress upon men more and more their duty and re- 
sponsibility to their God, their country, their neighbors and themselves." 

Following these remarks he paid eloquent tribute to the "Dead 
of the Jurisdiction," closing with these beautiful lines: 

"Some day our ears will cease to hear, 

Our limbs will cease to walk, 
Our eyes will close to mortal scenes, 

Our tongues no more will talk; 
Our hands will never work again, 

Our heart will stop its beat, 
But yet for years our work will stay 

To make our lives complete. 
The things we make will still be used, 

The things we write be read, 
The things we've said will, too, live on 

In others' minds instead. 
And so our lives go on and on 

Through generations more, 
The products of the human mind 

Are tripled by the score." 

After an optimistic reference to general conditions M. Ex. 
Comp. Strong dealt with various administrative matters and listed 
his dispensations. These latter were few in number and compara- 
tively unimportant. 

It is interesting to note that while his visitations are enumer- 
ated, he contents himself with merely mentioning the chapter and 
date, thus eliminating the fulsome details which mark so many 
of these addresses. 

We note a comment on the Keystone Association which is com- 
posed of Past High Priests. This is similar in scope and activity to 
our Principals Associations which, however, are not confined to 



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Past Principals, but, also, includes all Principals both active and 
past. 

The Grand High Priest concluded a truly fine address with 
these words: 

"The serious problems of the world today are such as to quicken the 
thinking of every Mason. Masonry, like our Religion remains unchanged, 
whereas the world about us is being reshaped. All the ills of Pandora's 
box are loosed on the world today. Hatred, envy, greed, lust of power, 
immorality and all those unmasonic evils threaten the goal of the 
Brotherhood of Man that we, as Masons, desire to achieve. 

The troubles that beset this chaotic world today are so unnecessary 
that Shakespeare's "What fools these mortals be" is probably more appli- 
cable now than at any time in world history. By the simple application of 
the Golden Rule all the distrust and suspicion that forbids the meeting 
of the minds of our leaders would disappear as if by magic." 

In perusing the Grand Treasurer's report, we note that re- 
ceipts were $4,926.00 with disbursements of $5,002.00 and invest- 
ment totalling $6,300.00. 

Grand Secretary Clayton's report also is very illuminative, the 
highlight being a substantial increase in membership in all of the 
fourteen chapters. 

As usual we find much of interest in the report of Lucien G. 
Yung, the Grand Lecturer. We have space to quote the concluding 
words of a carefully prepared report: 

"My Companions, above us is the All-Seeing Eye looking upon us 
with love, directing us amidst the perplexities of life, enabling us 
in our hours of weakness, staying us in days of doubt. He is the Supreme 
Architect of the universe, laying out our plan of life for us. He calls 
us to be 'workers together with Him,' in building the great structure of 
life. Let us not be weary in well-doing for in due time we shall reap our 
reward." 

We cannot overlook the splendid humanitarian work of the 
Grand Chapter Blood Donor's Committee. We learn that 209 Com- 
panions have been registered, classified and when required provide 
the life blood for those who are in serious need of such transfusions. 
The committee works with the various hospitals and apparently 
this blood donors' clinic is greatly appreciated both by the medical 
profession and those who need this life-giving care. A magnificent 
objective and one which commands our respect and admiration. 

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Otto B. Roepke and they are well up to his established standard. 
His Foreword is bright and cheery and carries a message of opti- 
mism which qualifies him as one of our most interesting and able 
Fraternal Correspondents. 

Canada as usual is generously reviewed with liberal extracts 
from our Grand Z's address. Note of our various reports and sta- 
tistics appears and Comp. Roepke even takes time out to refer in 
complimentary terms to our last review. May we express our appre- 
ciation of his treatment both of our Grand Chapter and this cor- 
respondent, who, at the risk of being considered repetitious again 
makes the comment "we have thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay in 
the District of Columbia." 

Following the elections, Roy M. Stockman was duly installed 
as Grand High Priest, while Aubrey H. Clayton was re-elected and 
invested as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened February 14, 1948. 

Canada is ably represented in the District of Columbia by 
Lucien G. Yung, while F. J. Johnson plays a similar role for the 
District of Columbia near our Grand Chapter. 

ENGLAND 

The Duke of Devonshire— First Grand Principal. 

Sydney A. White— Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter held in 
London, November 5, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. V. Rev. A. T. A. 
Naylor acting as First Grand Principal. 

Following the opening ceremonies the report of the Committee 
of General Purposes was received. Twelve petitions were received 
for the formation of new chapters, all of which were favorably 
recommended. 

At this Convocation His Grace the Duke of Devonshire was 
installed as First Grand Principal. We quote the words of M. Ex. 
Comp. Naylor with reference to this installation: 

"Companions, it is provided by the Regulations of the Royal Arch 
that the M.W. The Grand Master of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted 
Masons of England becomes the First Grand Principal of the Royal Arch, 
if he is a qualified Royal Arch Mason. The fact that he holds that very 
important position amongst Free and Accepted Masons is complete justifi- 
cation for his holding the other important appointment of First Grand 
Principal; and it is my pleasure today, and my great honour, to install 
him." 



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The Earl of Scarbrough having been elected Second Grand 
Principal was so declared but owing to his absence his installation 
was temporarily deferred. V. Rev. A. T. A. Naylor was formally in- 
stalled as Third Grand Principal. 

Grand Chapter was then closed in Antient and Solemn Form. 

Quarterly Convocation held February, 4, 1948, with M. Ex. 
Comp. A. T. A. Naylor acting First Grand Principal. This Con- 
vocation was largely confined to receiving reports and disposing 
of administrative matters. The Earl of Scarbrough being in at- 
tendance was installed into the office of Second Grand Principal 
according to ancient custom. As the First Grand Principal must be 
the occupant of the Grand Master's chair in the United Grand 
Lodge of England, so the Second Grand Principal occupies the 
position of Deputy Grand Master of Grand Lodge. 

Quarterly May 5, 1948, with the First Grand Principal the 
Duke of Devonshire on the Throne. At this Convocation reports of 
Committees were received and petitions for the formation of 
eighteen new chapters were granted. Again we comment on the 
number of new chapters being formed and again remind our 
Canadian readers that unlike our system where most chapters are 
formed to serve a community regardless of the number of Craft 
Lodges in the vicinity, in England these chapters are attached to 
an individual Lodge and draw their membership from that Lodge. 
Thus they have many chapters with a greatly reduced number of 
members in comparison to Canadian chapters where we draw from 
Masonry at large and quite a number of our chapters have a 
greater number of members than many of our Craft Lodges. 

It is with profound regret that we learn that the Second Grand 
Principal General Sir Francis Davies who was installed one year 
ago has since crossed the Great Divide. We tender sincere sym- 
pathy to our English brethren and companions in the loss of this 
sterling Craftsman. 

After passing a resolution to change the date of the August 
Convocation to the last Wednesday in July, the Supreme Grand 
Chapter was closed in Antient and Solemn Form followed by the 
singing of the National Anthem. 



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Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales. 

The Earl of Stradbroke— Grand Master. 

Rev. Canon Frederick Halsey— Deputy Grand Master. 

Major Sir Thomas Lumley-Smith— Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Communication held in Freemason's Hall, London, 
September 2, 1947, with R. Wor. Bro. A. C. Powell as acting Grand 
Master. The Grand Lodge was opened in form, and R. Wor. Bro. 
Powell informed the assembly that both the Grand Master and 
Deputy Grand Master were absent on vacation. At this meeting 
the report of the General Board was received and considered. Ap- 
pointments of District Grand Masters for Burma, Malaya and 
South Africa were made and confirmed. It was reported that the 
Mark Benevolent Fund had reached a total of some $100,000.00 
which will be rather amazing to Canadian Masons where benevo- 
lent funds fail to reach such great heights. After receiving a report 
on the New Premises Fund which is for the purpose of erecting a 
temple for Mark Masonry the Grand Lodge closed in form. 

Quarterly December 2nd, 1947, with Deputy Grand Master 
Halsey on the throne. This meeting dealt with routine reports. 
The Deputy Grand Master expressed regret at the absence of the 
Grand Master through illness. At this communication nominations 
for the various officers were held and following customary pro- 
cedure the Earl of Stradbroke was again nominated for the office of 
Grand Master. 

A letter was read from the Grand Master of the Mark Grand 
Lodge of New South Wales in which he referred to the noble 
efforts of the Mark Brethren during the testing years from 1939 
to 1945 and enclosed a remittance of $700.00 as a contribution to 
the New Premises Fund. Grand Lodge was then closed in due form. 

Quarterly March 2nd, 1948, with the Deputy Grand Master 

again presiding. The Deputy Grand Master announced the death 

of the Grand Master, the Earl of Stradbroke. From an eloquent 

tribute to his memory we quote these words: 

"The keynote of his life was service, and he represented, I think, a 
very hallowed and very great tradition in our own country, which can be 
summed up in just two words: Noblesse oblige." 

We in Canada are shocked to learn of the death of one of 

England's foremost Craftsmen and tender our fraternal sympathy 

in the passing of this pillar of Masonry, who, for thirty-seven years 

occupied offices of the highest importance in the various branches 

of the Craft. 



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Brigadier-General W. H. V. Darell was elected Grand Master 
and brings to the office a wealth of Masonic experience. For ten 
years he has been Assistant Grand Master of the United Grand 
Lodge of England and has held high rank in Grand Chapter, the 
Knights Templar and the Scottish Rite. Following a discussion on 
the need for increased fees Grand Lodge was formally closed. 

Quarterly June 1, 1948, with the Deputy Grand Master pre- 
siding. At this Communication delegations were received from the 
Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter of Scotland, the Grand Chap- 
ters of Ireland, New Zealand and the Grand Lodge of Mark Master 
Masons of Victoria. M. Wor. Bro. H. V. Darell and R. Wor. Bro. 
Frederick Halsey were then acclaimed and duly installed as Grand 
Master and Deputy Grand Master, respectively. 

After brief addresses by the many distinguished visitors and 
the newly installed officers, a report was received informing those 
present that the New Premises Fund had reached the splendid 
total of approximately $800,000.00. 

Grand Lodge was closed in Ample Form followed by the sing- 
ing of the National Anthem. 

FLORIDA 

Loren Lambert Dilger— Grand High Priest. 

John Bridges Phelps— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 42, Membership-6,347, Gain-604. 

The One Hundred and First Annual Convocation held in Win- 
ter Haven, May 19, 1948. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dilger opened Grand Chapter in due form. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests graced the proceedings while 
twenty-nine Grand Lodge Representatives answered the roll-call. 
Comp. H. J. Wendland responded for Canada. Many visitors were 
in attendance hailing from Ohio, Tennessee and the General Grand 
Chapter. Associate bodies represented included the Royal and Select 
Masters, the Knights Templar and the Grand Lodge of F. and A.M. 
of Florida. Needless to say all received a friendly greeting and a 
warm welcome. 

From a beautiful tribute to the Fraternal Dead we excerpt the 
following: 






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"Every Mason who seeks and finds the true Light, Jesus, the Light of 
the world, lives right and toils faithfully, will in death, triumph vic- 
toriously." 

"How beautiful to be with God, 
When earth is fading like a dream, 
And from this mist-encircled shore 
We launch upon the unknown stream." 

Special reference was made to the sad loss through the death 
of Past Grand High Priest and Past Grand Master J. C. Clark. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dilger's address is most interesting furnishing 
as it does a complete resume of his stewardship. After a gracious 
welcome to all present the Grand High Priest enumerated his 
many visits and stated that he had been received with courtesy, 
kindness and honor. 

Among his dispensations we find one that commands our at- 
tention. He issued a dispensation for a joint installation of a chap- 
ter and a craft lodge. This is something that Canadian Masons will 
consider novel to say the least. It is noticeable that dual member- 
ship is not permitted in Florida and that a minimum of Fifty Dol- 
lars is established for Life Membership in a subordinate chapter. 
After words of commendation for the efforts of the Grand Secre- 
tary and other officers M. Ex. Comp. Dilger launches into his vale- 
dictory which sparkles with worthwhile thoughts and lofty ideals. 
We should like to quote generously from this epic but must content 
ourselves with two short quotations: 

"Within the borders of this great land of ours are those who would 
wrest from our grasp the freedom and liberty that we enjoy— the only way 
of life with which we are acquainted. Sinister forces are tacitly working, 
unceasingly, day and night, to aid and abet the efforts of the only 
country in the world today that positively refuses to arbitrate or en- 
deavor in any reasonable way to settle international problems in a peace- 
ful manner. Seemingly, the only language that can be understood by that 
country is that spoken by bombs, guns and physical force. Peace on earth, 
good-will toward men has no place in its way of thinking." 

"I challenge you, Companions, to be alert, at your posts of battle, 
ever ready and anxious to strike at the very heart of any movement that 
has the semblance of .being un-American in its efforts, or that is not in 
accord with the high and noble principles and ideals of our great fra- 
ternity. Our duties cannot be mistaken or misunderstood. We cannot, we 
must not, we will not fail in the discharge of those duties." 

Altogether we vote this address as most entertaining. 

Finances according to the Grand Treasurer's report clearly 
indicate that the fiscal position of Florida is sound. Receipts well 
in excess of disbursements with a cash balance of $11,869.17 with in- 
vestments of $6,820.00. 



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The Grand Secretary's report also is very comforting with a 
substantial increase in membership. 

A motion was introduced to amend the constitution to increase 
the minimum for Life Membership from $50.00 to $100.00. 

On resolution Grand Chapter abolished the office of Deputy 
Grand High Priest. We have always thought that such an office had 
about as much value as a fifth wheel to a coach. 

With the election of officers David M. Winans was duly in- 
stalled Grand High Priest. John B. Phelps as expected continues 
as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood assembled on May 19, 1948. 

Although Florida appoints a Foreign Correspondent we regret 
to say that apparently he presented no report. 

Florida is represented in Canada by Kenneth N. Carrie, while 
our Grand Chapter is capably represented by H. J. Wendland. 

GEORGIA 

W. Furman King— Grand High Priest. 

W. J. Penn Jr.— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-109, Membership-16,312, Gain-2,326. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Annual Convocation 
was held in Macon, April 21, 1948. 

M. Ex. Comp. King opened Grand Chapter in due form after 
which the assembly sang one verse of "How Firm a Foundation," 
followed by the Invocation by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. Moore. 

Past Grand High Priests in attendance numbered nineteen, 
while forty-one Grand Representatives answered the roll-call. Tom 
B. Elfe responded for Canada. 

Distinguished guests included rulers of the Royal and Select 
Masters, the Grand Commandery, and the Grand Lodge of Georgia, 
the latter being represented by Ex. Comp. J. Clayton Perry, the 
Most Worshipful Grand Master. Each of the above was escorted to 
the dais and cordially welcomed. 

The address of the Grand High Priest proves to be a concise 
record of his year's work— well worded, convincing and stimulating. 



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After a cordial greeting to those in attendance reference was made 
to the Fraternal Dead with a graceful tribute to the passing of M. Ex. 
Comp. Early H. Johnson. Many dispensations were granted. These 
consisted of requests to receive and ballot on applications at the 
same convocation, and to elect officers at other than the usual time. 
That Georgia is on the move is evidenced by the issuing of Char- 
ters to four new Chapters, a dispensation for the formation of still 
another, and the restoration of one Chapter that has been dormant. 
M. Ex. Comp. King reports that peace and harmony prevail 
throughout the jurisdiction. 

After listing his visitations he enumerated his appointments 
to the Corps of Grand Representatives, concluding his address with 
a well-deserved commentary on the splendid support rendered by 
the Officers of Grand Chapter with a special word of praise for the 
work of the Grand Secretary. 

From the Report on the Grand High Priest's address we extract 
the following: 

"As time moves on, the beautiful symbols of Capitular Masonry will 
lead men to higher heights and nobler deeds. We have had as Grand High 
Priest for the past year a distinguished man and mason and there are no 
greater wages than a job well done or a life well spent." 

The report of the Grand Secretary proves refreshing, the year 
being termed the crowning year in the history of Grand Chapter. 
Despite loss of 677 through death and other causes Georgia records 
the remarkable gain of 2,326 members. 

The financial statement of the Grand Treasurer is equally en- 
couraging. Receipts, $27,038.00. Expenses, $27,295.00. Investments 
of $19,000.00, and total assets of $46,038.00. In addition Georgia 
has an Educational Fund of $11,045.00, which is used to loan to stu- 
dents for educational purposes. Truly a laudable undertaking. 

We congratulate our Companions of Georgia on their humani- 
tarian efforts. A recommendation to appropriate funds for the 
establishment of a Home for the Aged is another indication of the 
desire of the Companions of Georgia to put into practice the Car- 
dinal virtue of Charity. 

From an impressive report on Memorials we quote the follow- 
ing beautiful thought so eloquently expressed: 



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"In memory's halls are enshrined the deep sorrows and supreme joys 
of our career. To leave no trace of our passing through this life is the 
great tragedy; to be forgotten is one of our bitterest experiences; and we 
may surely be pardoned for believing that those of our Companions who 
have passed through the veils to that DIVINE SANCTUM perfumed by 
the incense of pure hearts, will be pleased in the knowledge that they 
are here remembered, and that we pause to remind one another of their 
graces." 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is the product of 
M. Ex. Comp. E. W. Rhoden. In a brief Foreword he states that he 
finds conditions encouraging throughout the Capitular World. We 
too can subscribe to this statement as a review of the various juris- 
dictions clearly indicates that a revival in interest and enthusiasm 
is holding high the Banner of the Royal Arch. 

Comp. Rhoden's reviews are in abridged form and cover much 
territory in a short space. 

Canada receives friendly mention with a brief reference to our 
various activities. Many thanks for your kind words. 

Daniel W. Lochlin was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest while, of course, William J. Penn Jr. continues as Grand 
Secretary. 

Canada's representative in Georgia as already noted is Tom B. 
Elfe. His Honor Judge Gordon Haywood represents Georgia in 
Canada. 

IDAHO 

John A. Johnson— Grand High Priest. 

Edward H. Way— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-21, Membership-2,468, Gain-113. 

The Fortieth Annual Convocation held in St. Maries, May 10, 
1948, with the Grand High Priest presiding. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests and thirty Grand Represen- 
tatives were in attendance. Charles Hartung responded for Can- 
ada. After the presentation and receipt of a beautiful basket of 
flowers from the Order of the Eastern Star a number of distinguish- 
ed visitors were received, these represented the associate bodies 
of Grand Council and the Knights Templar. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Johnson was beautifully worded 
and while not stilted is nevertheless brief. It has much reader inter- 
est and gives a clear picture of conditions in Idaho. 






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After his introductory remarks the Grand High Priest spoke 
feelingly of the Fraternal dead with a special reference to the pass- 
ing of two Past Grand High Priests in the persons of Robert Synder 
ande Lawrence Clos. This section of his address closed with these 
lines: 

"He was a friend whose heart was good, 

Who walked with men and understood; 

His was a zeal we loved to see 

Which wavered not. That asked no fee 

For kindness or service done. 

And now that he has journeyed on 

The good he wrought here never ends, 

For it lives in the hearts of uncounted friends." 

From the detailed report on his visitations one cannot help 
but be impressed with the number of his visits and the generous 
amount of time devoted to this phase of his duties. 

After a reference to his dispensations and decisions none of 
which appear of interest to an outsider, the Grand High Priest 
brought to a close a very interesting address. 

The Grand Treasurer reported receipts as $3,894.00 with dis- 
bursements of $6,604.00, leaving a bank balance of $4,553.00 and 
investments of $4,900.00. 

From the business-like report of the Grand Secretary, we 
learn that the increase in membership was somewhat less than 
the gains recorded for the past two years. 

The eloquently written report on Necrology attracts our at- 
tention and we extract therefrom the following: 

"One by one we miss the voices 

That we loved so well to hear; 
One by one their kindly faces 

In the darkness disappear; 
No one knows the door that opens 

Through which they pass beyond recall; 
Soft as loosened leaves of roses 

One by one the loved ones fall." 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence and Capitular Re- 
view was from the gifted pen of Comp. John Shore. In his "Fore- 
word" he stated that substantial gains were now being taken as a 
matter of course. How very true, yet it is not so many years ago 
when our writers wrote in a pessimistic vein. Perhaps there is a 



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danger in taking too much for granted. Today we are enjoying the 
heigh-day of success but what of tomorrow. Our future depends 
upon the foundation laid today. Let us not put too much store 
by numerical increases but rather give more thought to the quality 
of the material with which we build. Pardon the digression. 

Turning to Comp. Shore's review of Canada we find that he 
seems to have covered most of the salient features of our 1947 Con- 
vocation. Among his comments we note his reference to Idaho not 
being included in our last review. We should say that we included 
all jurisdictions whose proceedings had been received up to the 
date of publication. Sorry Comp. Shore we hope you will not again 
be disappointed and may we here congratulate you on your Fra- 
ternal review. 

Elmer L. Casad was elected and installed Grand High Priest, 
Edward H. Way was re-elected Grand Secretary, while Pocatello 
was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

As already noted Charles Hartung represents our jurisdiction 
in Idaho, while F. A. McDiarmid is Idaho's representative near our 
Grand Chapter. 

ILLINOIS 

Louis E. Schneider— Grand High Priest. 

Edward E. Core— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-212, Membership-34,772, Gain-976. 

The Ninety-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Chicago, Oc- 
tober 30th, 1947. 

After the ceremonial opening of Grand Chapter and prayer 
by the Grand Chaplain, a reception was tendered to the past Grand 
High Priests and Grand Representatives. 

As usual Illinois entertained a host of visitors. Large delega- 
tions were introduced from the Grand Commandery, the Grand 
Council, General Grand Chapter, the Grand Lodge of Illinois and 
distinguished guests from the Grand Chapters of Michigan, Indi- 
ana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota and our own jurisdiction of 
Canada. All were fittingly and fraternally welcomed. 



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The Grand High Priest's address is referred to as a report and 
it is a very splendid and informative report indeed. A perusal of 
this report carries one through the year's work, each activity being 
graphically detailed in a highly interesting and readable manner. 

Following a friendly greeting to those present, in his introduc- 
tory remarks the Grand High Priest paid graceful and sympathetic 
tribute to the Fraternal Dead. This correspondent is intensely in- 
terested in the report on "Schools" and the work of the Grand Lec- 
turers. These schools no doubt are comparable to our Chapters of 
Instruction. In Canada these are held each year in the various dis- 
tricts by our Inspecting Officers known as Grand Superintendents 
and when required with the assistance of our Grand Lecturer who 
is the custodian of the esoteric work. It is interesting to note the 
many visitations made by the Grand High Priest both within and 
beyond the boundaries of his own jurisdiction. These, however, are 
not listed but M. Ex. Comp. Schneider refers to them as truly grati- 
fying and particularly impressive. Reference is made to appoint- 
ments to the Corps of Grand Representatives, to the presentation of 
Fifty Year Jewels, the consolidation of a number of chapters follow- 
ed by a glowing commentary on the splendid work of the Grand 
Secretary. 

One new chapter was instituted during the year. It is noticeable 
that many dispensations were granted, these, however, all appear 
to be covering purely administrative matters and of little interest 
to an outsider. 

The Grand High Priest closed an excellent report with words 
of thanks and appreciation for the honor conferred upon him by his 
companions. 

From the very comprehensive report of the Grand Treasurer 
we learn that receipts exceeded disbursements and total assets are 
given as $85,511.00. 

The Grand Secretary also presented an interesting report. From 
this we glean the information that Illinois from a standpoint of 
membership enjoyed a very satisfactory year. One hundred and 
forty-eight chapters recorded a gain, seventeen remained stationary 
and forty-seven reported a slight loss in membership, the net result 
being an increase of 976 and this despite a loss of 1,727 through 
death and other causes. 

From the Report on the Grand High Priest's address we extract 
these all-too-true lines: 



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"The world is needing me and you 

To share the tasks it has to do; 
It needs high-minded men to stand 

Against the thoughtless of the land; 
Men who will scorn to stoop to wrong 

To win the favor of the throng." 

If space permitted we should like to quote liberally from the 
literary treat supplied by the Grand Chaplain in his address. It is 
an epic and one that should be available to Masons the world over. 
We perforce must content ourselves with quoting his closing words: 

"See that a house is built, a temple for the soul, so that quietly in a 
temple for the soul it would be possible to walk with your Creator, and write 
a book, in which it may be the ritual of life in every chapter, and please 
God, leave behind you a son to carry on, to hold the torch high and a light 
that the world may see the light of freedom and that the men who know 
their Creator may stand upright and as righteous men at the altar of 
their High God." 

From an eloquent and impressive Report on Obituaries we are 
constrained to excerpt these lines from Longfellow's "Rainy Day." 
Well-known and well-beloved we are always pleased to quote this 
magnificent poem: 

"The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; 

It rains, and the wind is never weary; 
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, 
But at every gust the dead leaves fall, 

And the day is dark and dreary." 

The report on Fraternal Relations was again the product of 
the facile pen of one of our most versatile and talented correspon- 
dents, Past Grand High Priest Everett R. Turnbull. As usual his 
Foreward is entertaining and is indicative of the care with which 
he reads the proceedings of the Grand Chapters under review. This 
by the way was his thirtieth report which thought causes his Cana- 
dian counterpart to feel as a veritable novice in comparison. How- 
ever, comparisons are odious and we conclude our tribute to a bril- 
liant writer by suggesting that his thirty years' service definitely 
qualifies him to have emblazoned upon his banner "semper fidelis." 

And now what has he to say about "Canada." We note that 
Comp. Turnbull segregates us with the rest of the "furriners" which 
no doubt is quite correct. His review of our Grand Chapter is friend- 
ly and complete, full coverage being given to our various reports with 
generous quotations from our Grand Z's address. We enjoy better 



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than two pages of note and comment all of which is much appreci- 
ated and very complimentary. Thanks Comp. Turnbull. We note 
your reference to many friends whom you have never seen. May, 
we also, qualify for a long-range friendship. 

After the election of officers Ernest M. Campbell was declared 
and duly installed Grand High Priest. The Grand Secretary Edward 
Core as to be expected was re-elected. 

The order of High Priesthood convened at two-thirty p.m., Oc- 
tober 30th, 1947. 

Canada is well represented in Illinois by Fred W. Soody, while 
Illinois is capably represented near our Grand Chapter by the 
veteran J. J. Shelley. 

INDIANA 

Wilbur E. Neuenschwander— Grand High Priest. 

Charles C. Thomas— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-113, Membership-25,916, Gain-1,483. 

The one hundred and Second Annual Convocation held in In- 
dianapolis, October 15, 1947. 

M. Ex. Comp. Neuenschwander duly opened Grand Chapter 
followed by the devotional exercises led by the Grand Chaplain. 

Nineteen Past Grand High Priests and fifty-two Grand Repre- 
sentatives were present and were formally received. William H. 
Baugh answered for Canada. 

Distinguished visitors were legion hailing from the Sister Juris- 
dictions of Illinois and Ohio. General Grand Chapter also was 
represented. In attendance were sizeable delegations from Royal 
and Select Masters, the Knights Templar and the basic body of all 
Freemasonry the Grand Lodge of Indiana. It is rather superfluous 
to add that all were warmly greeted and received with honors be- 
fitting their rank and station in Masonry. 

The address of the Grand High Priest topically arranged leaves 
the reader with a clear-cut picture of conditions in Indiana. From 
his opening remarks we quote: 

"We strive to be of service to humanity, thereby helping to make this 
world a better place in which to live. There is no place in Royal Arch 



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Masonry for the many destructive forces present in the world and in this 
country today that seek to undermine our institutions, disrupt our gov- 
ernment, and destroy everything we hold dear. We should support and 
stand for only three "isms": Americanism, Patriotism, and Fraternalism." 

He referred in graceful terms to the loss sustained through the 
activity of the Grim Reaper and paid sympathetic tribute to the 
dead of other jurisdictions. After listing his visitations and com- 
menting on appointments to the Corps of Grand Representatives, 
the Grand High Priest enumerated his dispensations. Considering 
the size of this jurisdiction these latter were few in number and 
comparatively unimportant. The address closes with a fine tribute 
to the Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary, other officers and Past 
Grand High Priests for the able and timely assistance rendered 
during the past year. 

The financial statement of Grand Treasurer Smith is quite 
impressive. Receipts of $16,322.00, expenses of $12,355.00, with cash 
on hand of $24,510.00, and a Triennial Fund of $3,428.00 indicate 
a sound fiscal policy. Investments in Treasury Bonds total 
$26,100.00. 

The report of the Grand Secretary is highly illuminative. In 
addition to a handsome gain in membership the following items 
attract our attention, the salary of the Grand Secretary is $2,100.00, 
the Grand Lecturer $1,875.00, the Grand Lecturer Emeritus 
$600.00, while subordinate chapters collected 95.68 percent, of 
their total assessment, and this is a remarkable showing for the 
constituent chapters. Another rather unusual feature is the re- 
bate to the chapters of the excess operating income over expenses 
in 1946, this amounted to nearly 17 percent, of the dues paid by 
each subordinate chapter. 

From an eloquent eulogy of the Fraternal Dead we extract 
these words: 

"May the mantle of their force and power, their inflexible fidelity to 
their trust, their zeal and faithfulness, fall upon us, to enrich us, to de- 
velop us into like and power and forcefulness for this greatest of all insti- 
tutions to which we owe our fondest allegiance." 

also, from one of the memorials this poetic thought: 

"He has not served who gathers gold 
Nor has he served whose life is told 
In selfish battles he has won, 
Or deeds of skill that he has done; 
But he has served who now and then 
Has helped along his fellowmen." 






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The report on Fraternal Relations records encouraging con- 
ditions throughout the sixty-three jurisdictions that are in corres- 
pondence with Indiana. We were rather hopeful that Indiana would 
re-instate Capitular reviews, but apparently they have made no 
move in this direction, therefore we consider it merely a hope de- 
ferred. 

Paul R. Newhouse was elected and formally installed as Grand 
High Priest. The office of Grand Secretary remains the care of 
Charles C. Thomas, while the next place of meeting was placed in 
the hands of the incoming Grand High Priest for decision. 

The Order of High Priesthood met in annual convention, Oc- 
tober 15, 1947. 

Canada has a most able representative in Indiana in the per- 
son of William H. Baugh. Indiana is represented near our Grand 
Chapter by Francis Francis of Toronto. 

IOWA 

Lloyd Rime— Grand High Priest. 

Ross J. Camblin— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-97, Membership-13,518, Gain-666. 

The Ninety-Second Annual Convocation held in Des Moines, 
April 13, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Rime presiding. 

Prior to the ceremonial opening Grand Chapter was enter- 
tained by a musical program followed by the presentation of the 
flag by an escort of Knights Templar and an address of welcome by 
the Mayor of Des Moines. 

Grand Chapter having been formally opened twelve Past 
Grand High Priests and forty-nine Grand Representatives were 
extended a warm fraternal greeting. Many visitors were in attend- 
ance including a delegation from the General Grand Chapter, the 
Grand Council, Grand Commandery and the Grand Lodge of 
Iowa. Also present in goodly numbers were leaders of the Royal 
Craft from Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebras- 
ka, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Need- 
less to say that all were received with full formality. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Rime is at once eloquent and 
inspirational. Following his opening remarks dealing with con- 



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ditions as observed during the past year he referred to the Fraternal 
Dead in sympathetic terms concluding this section with the fol- 
lowing: 

"Their work on earth is ended, 

Life's allotted course is run; 

Their souls now rest in glory 

Where there is no setting sun. 

In sweet affection, hold them, 

As we journey here a while; 

They'll greet us some tomorrow 

With the same familiar smile." 

Visitations were many and apparently both interesting and 
productive of good results. Appointments of various officers and 
Grand Representatives are fully set forth as are his dispensations, 
these latter comparatively unimportant to others than those imme- 
diately concerned. Speaking of the presentation of certificates to 
members of fifty years' standing he has this to say: 

"Continuous membership in any organization for a half century is a 
distinction, for it indicates loyalty and steadfastness, two important virtues 
in the life of a Royal Arch Mason." 

Iowa selects four members each year to qualify as Knights of 
the Royal Arch. These are companions who by meritorious conduct 
and zeal are considered worthy of special recognition. This appeals 
to this correspondent as novel and worth-while. 

Under the caption of "Personal Observations" the Grand High 
Priest said: 

"In the Masonic world, our greatest problem is to keep our mem- 
bership aroused and aware of its responsibilities. Most men are proud 
of their Masonic affiliation, but only a comparative few prove to be real 
students of our noble art." 

Flow true his words. 

This sterling address concludes with the following very apt 
quotation: 

"Surely some workman has builded the pillar as well as the spire; 

The cross that the painter has gilded was fashioned in somebody's fire; 

Surely men dug in the ditches preparing a place for the wall; 

And someone has made with her stitches the flag that shall fly over all. 

Someone has blended the plaster, and someone has carried the stone; 

Neither the man nor the master ever has builded alone. 

Making a roof from the weather, building a house for the King, 

Only by working together have men accomplished a thing. 

What does it matter what duty falls to the lot of a man? 

All have a share in the beauty, all have a part in the plan, 

All had a hand in the building, no one has builded alone, 

Whether a cross he was gilding, whether he carried the stone." 



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The Grand Treasurer's report informs us that receipts total 
$11,374.00, disbursements $8,041.00, with a cash balance of $11,- 
303.37. 

From the report of the Grand Secretary we learn that the mem- 
bership was increased 5.1 percent, or 666, and this, despite a loss 
through death and other causes of 598 members. Eighty-three chap- 
ters recorded a gain in membership. 

This beautiful thought is an extract from the Report on 
Necrology: 

"We are astonished at the beauty of the golden sunset shedding its 
colorful hues over the western sky, but in a short time, even while we yet 
watch in awe and wonderment, it slips down the western hemisphere and 
darkness soon covers the land; and we say, "It is gone." Yes, it is gone, but 
in the morning it will rise again and shine in all of its glory and splendor, 
bringing life and light anew to the land." 

Chester H. Eckles presented the report on Correspondence. 
This is greatly condensed and consists of a few facts and figures 
dealing with each Grand Chapter under review. Nevertheless we 
find this quite interesting and informative. 

George E. Sanders was elected and installed Grand High Priest. 
Ross J. Camblin continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood met at 4 o'clock, April 13, 1948. 

The proceedings of Iowa are well printed, splendidly written 
and as they are profusely illustrated they add to the reader interest. 

E.W. F. Holler represents Canada in Iowa, while Dr. B. F. 
Nott carries Iowa's commission near our Grand Chapter. 

IRELAND 

Sir Milne Barbour— Grand King. 

Henry R. Shellard— Grand Registrar. 

The stated Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Ireland are held in Dublin in the months of February, 
May, July and November. 

From a letter from the Deputy Grand King we learn that Sir 
Milne Barbour left by air for South Africa in December last to 
officially visit chapters in that country which hold warrants under 






44 REVIEWS 

cne constitution of the Grand Chapter of Ireland. We note with 
interest a movement to have all Irish Chapters honor the toast of 
"Ireland and Irish Freemasons all over the world" at all festive 
gatherings. 

The death is recorded of R. Ex. Comp. the Rev. Cannon Henry 
C. Cave, Grand Chaplain. The passing of this active pillar of Irish 
Masonry is a serious loss to the Craft and we in Canada tender our 
deepest sympathy to our Irish Companions. 

New Chapters have been instituted in Cape Town— South 
Africa and in Newtownards, Tyrone and Belfast in Ireland. 

Chapters of Instruction were held in January, February, March, 
April, October and November. From the report before us it would 
appear that these proved most successful although the attendance 
in cities was considerably less than in the rural sections. 

The reports from the various District Grand Chapters are in- 
deed interesting and give a clean-cut picture of general conditions 
throughout the jurisdiction. From one report the following com- 
ment— "The numbers in the chapters show a steady increase and all 
indications seem to prove that Royal Arch Masonry is firmly estab- 
lished and will continue to improve." These words are applicable 
to all the Districts. From Natal in South Africa the report follows 
pretty much the same pattern. In Natal there are chapters working 
under the Constitutions of England, Scotland, as well as Ireland, 
and the report states that most cordial and friendly relations exist 
among the various chapters. 

Finances in Ireland appear solid with expenses considerably 
less than revenue. Investments in Avar and government bonds total 
to the equivalent of $57,000.00. 

Canada is well represented in Ireland by H. C. Shellard the 
Grand Registrar, while capable representation is given Ireland in 
Canada by R. W. McFadden of Brantford, Ontario. 

KANSAS 

De Witt M. Stiles-Grand High Priest. 
Elmer F. Strain— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-91, Membership-1 3,755, Gain-823. 






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The Eighty-Third Annual Convocation held in Topeka, Feb- 
ruary 8, 1948, with Grand High Priest Stiles presiding. 

Following the opening ceremonies and prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain many visitors were received, and fraternally welcomed. 
These included delegations from the neighboring Grand Chapters 
of Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska. General Grand Chap- 
ter and Grand Council were also received and greeted. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests and forty-seven Grand Repre- 
sentatives were presented and officially recognized. 

After a welcome to and a brief reply by his Excellency Frank 
Carlson, Governor of the State, the Grand High Priest delivered his 
annual address. M. Ex. Comp. Stiles' remarks were at once eloquent 
and inspirational. After greeting those present he launched into a 
dissertation on Masonry and world conditions. We quote a word 
or two from his reference to the Royal Arch. 

"Capitular Masonry is in no sense an institution in and of itself. We 
cannot think of Capitular Masonry separate and apart from Ancient Craft 
Masonry upon which it is based and to which it is bound by the closest 
ties. When we think and talk of Royal Arch Masonry, we are thinking 
and talking Masonry in a broadened and extended phase." 

And from his comments on general conditions he has this to say: 

"The peace and security we hoped for at the end of the last great 
conflict have not materialized. An ideology is spreading rapidly throughout 
the world that is the opposite of our own, an ideology that belittles the 
importance of the individual and considers him only as a tool of the state, 
without any freedom and without any rights. Our generation fears and 
dreads the future and what it portends; and our individual liberties are 
facing perhaps greater dangers now than in many generations that have 
preceded us. Sound and sane thinking was never more important than 
now." 

Sympathetic reference was made to the Fraternal Dead with 
a special tribute to the sad loss of M. Ex. Comp. George W. Trout, 
and Harvey O. Davis, who for thirty-six years served as Grand 
Lecturer. 

He lists his appointments and dispensations, these latter num- 
ber nineteen, and covered usual administrative matters only. 

Visitations are fully covered and a perusal of this section indi- 
cates that the Grand High Priest was loyally received and enter- 
tained throughout the jurisdiction. Under the heading of "State of 



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the Order" he refers to certain chapters, which are doing splendid 
work and carrying the burden for other chapters, which are far 
from active and constitute a drag on the more active chapters. To 
help this situation he recommends the appointment of a Grand 
Lecturer and Assistant Lecturers, whose duty it will be to endeavour 
to rekindle the spark of interest and enthusiasm in the ailing chap- 
ters. After an eulogistic reference to the splendid support of his 
officers M. Ex. Comp. Stiles concludes a sparkling address with these 
words: 

"Upon our first entrance into the Lodge, we each professed our trust 
in God, the Supreme Master of the Universe. Throughout the Degrees of 
Capitular Masonry we are taught to maintain a proper attitude of ador- 
ation for the Great I Am. And now, as we are about to enter upon our 
several tasks in the year that is before us, let us all in a spirit of reverence 
and humility seek the blessing of Him Who is our Supreme High Priest." 

The Treasurer's report indicates a well-managed fiscal posi- 
tion. Receipts in excess of Disbursements, with cash on hand of 
$17,368.00, a Charity Fund of $2,241.00, and an Investment ac- 
count of $11,000.00. 

The report of Elmer F. Strain, the Grand Secretary, is a clear- 
cut document covering all administrative matters and recording a 
very healthy advance in membership. 

From a beautiful report on Necrology we extract this poetic 
gem by Phillip James Bailey: 

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths 
In feelings, not in figures on a dial. 
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives 
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." 

From the report of Kenneth E. Pomeroy we learn that the Re- 
viewer in Kansas is confined to twenty-five pages, and in his report 
he speaks of the prosperity and enthusiasm which indicates a re- 
vival in Royal Arch Masonry, and notable gains in membership. 

We take this opportunity of welcoming Comp. Pomeroy to the 
Round Table at which metaphorically speaking sit the Reviewers of 
the Capitular World, and we are indeed happy to again report that 
"Reviews" have been re-instated in Kansas. From a thoughtfully 
prepared "Foreword" we excerpt the following: 

"This maiden voyage of the Committee on Correspondence is launched 
with some misgivings. After so long a silence, anything we say may attract 



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undue attention, or may be overlooked entirely. Only the high spots can 
be touched and those only when they are easily discernible. Important 
items may go unobserved by us for want of ballyhoo by their advocates." 

And now let us turn to Canada and learn what Kansas has 
to say about our 1947 Convocation. We find that we have been 
most courteously reviewed with quotations from our Grand "Z's" 
address, which by the way is not considered a report in Canada, but 
the annual address of our presiding officer. We appreciate the gen- 
erous treatment accorded our jurisdiction, and tender sincere 
congratulations to Comp. Pomeroy on his first review. 

Theodore P. Perry having been duly elected Grand High 
Priest was formally installed into that important office. The office 
of Grand Secretary continues as the responsibility of Elmer T. 
Strain. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened February 10, 1948. 

Roy H. Clossen represents Canada in Kansas, while A. P. 
Goering is the representative of Kansas near our Grand Chapter. 

LOUISIANA 

Clarence M. Leland— Grand High Priest. 

Lee W. Harris— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-50, Membership-6,383, Gain-588. 

The One Hundredth Annual Convocation held in New Or- 
leans, February 11th, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Leland presiding. 

After opening in Ample Form, prayer by the Grand Chaplain 
and the patriotic exercises, many distinguished visitors were intro- 
duced. These included delegations from the Grand Chapters of 
Illinois, Texas and Florida, as well as representatives from the 
Grand Council and the Scottish Rite. All received a warm welcome, 
and after Grand Honors were seated in the "East." 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests were present as also were 
thirty-six Grand Representatives. 

Thirty pages of the proceedings are devoted to a very complete 
report of the Grand High Priest. In a highly informative address 
he gives full coverage to his official acts, and deals at length with 
many timely and highly important subjects. 



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In his introductory remarks he extended a greeting to all pres- 
ent, spoke of his year's work and referred to Louisiana as one of 
the leading states in Capitular Masonry. In impressive words he 
paid tribute to those who during the year succumbed to the rav- 
ages of the Grim Reaper with a special tribute to the passing of Past 
Grand High Priests W. G. Rogers and Bradley Waelder. 

Referring to the State of the Order, he spoke of encouraging 
conditions but mentioned several chapters so inactive that he 
recommended action be taken to revoke their charters. 

Dispensations were few and comparatively unimportant. The 
visits of M. Ex. Comp. Leland were many and indicate that he was 
most active in the performance of this phase of his official duty. 

From the address we learn of the serious and prolonged illness 
of the Grand Secretary which made neccessary the appointment of 
R. W. Cronin as Acting Grand Secretary for the balance of the 
year. 

Among the By-Laws approved we note with interest that one 
chapter has reduced its Exaltation Fees from $35.00 to $20.00 and 
no fee for affiliation. In this chapter no petition may be received 
without the fee in advance. All of which is at variance with Cana- 
dian practice where we are increasing rather than decreasing fees 
and where we do not approve the policy of asking for advance pay- 
ment. 

Among the Grand High Priest's recommendations is one to 
increase the salary of the Grand Secretary to $2,400.00. 

The address closes with the customary tribute to the Acting 
Grand Secretary and other officers for splendid support rendered 
during the year. 

We quote the last paragraph which contains M. Ex. Comp. 
Lelend's valedictory: 

"And now as I lay down the gavel of authority, I lay aside the duties 
of the office but relinquish not a "jot or tittle" of my love and devotion 
to the order. I shall always, so long as life lasts, be happy to work in the 
ranks and do my part for the advancement and good of Capitular Masonry." 

From an eloquent report on Necrology we extract these beauti- 
ful lines: 






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"But in the Night of Death, Hopes Sees a Star, 

And Listening Love can hear the Rustle of a Wing. 
"Though we may not sunder the Veil apart, 

That hides from our vision, the gates of day, 

We only know that their barks no more, 

May sail with us on Life's stormy sea, 

Yet somehow, I know on that Unseen Shore, 

They watch and wait and beckon for me." 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates receipts of $11,500.00, 
disbursements $15,187.00 which included purchase of bonds. Total 
investments $21,000.00 mostly United States Bonds suggests careful 
financing. 

The Acting Grand Secretary presented a splendid report, the 
outstanding feature being a gain in membership of 588, and this, 
despite a loss of 324 through death and other causes. 

As usual Lee W. Harris writes the Capitular Review and makes 
a fine job of it too. In this Foreword he refers to the value of "Re- 
views" which he considers the most interesting part of the pro- 
ceedings. We heartily agree with his comment and express the hope 
that the day is not far-distant when all Grand Chapters will re- 
ciprocate in the matter of exchanging reviews. 

And now what has Companion Harris to say about Canada. 
He gives us generous and decidedly friendly treatment, quotes our 
Grand Z's rulings and gives information statistics. He, also, refers 
to our last review and our comment as being opposed to Sunday 
meetings. Anent this we should say that we have not changed our 
opinion and sincerely hope that meetings on the Sabbath may not 
become popular. Congratulations Comp. Harris on a most enter- 
taining report. 

Following the election of officers Curtis B. Hair was declared 
and installed Grand High Priest. Lee W. Harris as expected con- 
tinues as Grand Secretary, R. W. Cronin to be retained as Acting 
Grand Secretary until such time as Comp. Harris is restored to his 
customary good health. 

Louisiana is represented in Canada by W. Bailie Stothers, 
while as already noted Lee W. Harris is our most efficient represen 
tative in Louisiana. 



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MAINE 

Allen L. Curtis— Grand High Priest. 

Convers E. Leach— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-69, Membership- 11,921, Gain-501. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Third Annual Convocation 
held in Portland, May 4, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Curtis presiding. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form with prayer by 
the Grand Chaplain. 

Fifteen of the seventeen Past Grand High Priests were in at- 
tendance while forty-eight other jurisdictions were present in the 
persons of their accredited representatives. John J. Faas responded 
for Canada. As is customary in Maine many distinguished visitors 
were present and received a warm fraternal welcome. These in- 
cluded delegations from the Grand Chapters of Quebec, New 
Hampshire ,Vermont, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode 
Island and New York. General Grand Chapter, the Grand Com- 
mandery, Grand Council, the Scottish Rite and the Grand Lodge 
of Maine were also represented by highly placed Craftsmen. 

Twenty pages of the proceedings are required to record the 
Annual Address of the Grand High Priest. This address in the 
nature of a report is a brilliant effort and covers the entire gamut 
of the year's official acts. 

Following a word of greeting to those present M. Ex. Comp. 
Curtis paid sympathetic tribute to the Fraternal Dead concluding 
an eloquent reference by quoting the well-known poem "There Is 
No Death" the last few lines of which we excerpt: 

"Farewell, dear voyageur — the river winds and turns; 
The cadence of your song wafts near to me, 
And now you know the thing that all men learn: 
There is no death — there's immortality." 

Under the "Condition of the Royal Craft" the Grand High 
Priest reminded Grand Chapter that for the fifth successive year a 
gain in membership was recorded. Unpaid dues are on the decline 
and greater thought and enthusiasm are manifested. 

Dispensations were few in number and relatively unimportant. 
No decisions were sought during the year. After referring to ap- 



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pointments, Schools of Instruction and official visits, the Grand 
High Priest recommended that at least five Schools of Instruction 
be held during the year. He further recommended two special con- 
vocations for the purpose of "Class Exaltations." This is something 
foreign to Canadian Masonry but no doubt it has its virtues other- 
wise Maine would not encourage such practice. 

It speaks well for the Royal Arch that Maine during the year 
instituted a number of new chapters. 

The address concludes with a glowing tribute to the Grand 
Secretary and other officers for their co-operation and support. 

It is the custom in Maine as we have noted in previous reviews 
for all of the officers and District Deputies to furnish a written re- 
port which reports are incorporated in the proceedings and pro- 
vide interesting reading. The D.D.G.H.P.'s are similar to our Grand 
Superintendent and while our District Superintendents all file a 
written report it is not incumbent upon all of the other officers of 
Grand Chapter to do so. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we glean the informa- 
tion that finances are sound and carefully managed. Maine has in- 
vestments in stocks and bonds totalling $62,957.00 as a Charity 
Fund. 

The report of Grand Secretary Leach is also very interesting. 
We note one chapter recorded with a membership of 554 while the 
smallest chapter has but 36 members. Generally the chapters show 
a very encouraging increase. 

It is noted that the income of the Charity Fund for the year 
was $2,603.00 and $1,200.00 was set aside for relief during the com- 
ing year. Truly Maine is to be congratulated upon its humanitarian 
efforts. We in Canada are endeavouring to raise some $50,000.00 for 
the same purpose and hope to have our Benevolent Fund func- 
tioning along the lines of Maine within the next year. 

M. Ex. Comp. Henry R. Gillies again presents the Report on 
Correspondence. From a very informative Foreword we extract the 
following: 

"Material gains in financial stability, following membership gains, 
appear to lend encouragement to plans for future progress for the ad- 
vancement of the Craft in many jurisdictions. These plans usually follow 
recommendations for the promotion of a better understanding among sym- 
bolic lodge members of the place of the Chapter in the Masonic system, 
and their need of that Light which brings them within the Circle of Per- 
fection in Ancient Craft Masonry." 



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We are, also, impressed by the closing lines of the Foreword 
and quote: 

Pessimism is silent, optimism reigns and while problems still exist in 
places all evidence is that Capitular Masonry is still on the upward trend." 

Turning to Canada we find that we have been ably and most 
generously reviewed. Our 1947 Convocation is given full coverage. 
The outstanding features of our meeting are mentioned together 
with liberal extracts from our Grand Z's address. M. Ex. Comp. 
Gillies in a side note agrees with our action in admitting a brother 
with a physical disability as a result of war injuries. A most friendly 
reference is made to our last review and we should like to acknowl- 
edge with thanks our opposite number's kind words. It has as always 
been a pleasure to review Maine and we tender sincere congratula- 
tion to Comp. Gillies on an admirable report. 

Ralph T. Scott was elected and duly installed as Grand High 
Priest. Convers E. Leach continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened May 5, 1948. 

Canada is most capably represented in Maine by John G. Faas, 
while Edwin A. Cook renders a like service to Maine near our 
Grand Chapter. 



MANITOBA 

Dr. Walter Dalzell-Grand "Z." 

T. Sellar Cook-Grand Scribe "E." 

Chapter-16, Membership-1,594, Gain-123. 

The Twenty-Fifth Annual Convocation held in Winnipeg, 
February 11th, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Walter Dalzell on the 
Throne. 

After opening Grand Chapter in Ample Form the Grand "Z." 
received a galaxy of highly placed Craftsmen from Sister Jurisdic- 
tions and Associate bodies. Among these distinguished visitors we 
note the presence of delegations from the Grand Chapters of Sas- 
katchewan, Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, 
the General Grand Chapter, and our own Grand "Z.," M. Ex. 
Comp. F. W. Dean. 



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Following the above and in the place of honor as befits his po- 
sition in the Craft was M. Wor. Bro. H. B. Donnelly— the Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, who was accompanied r/y 
the Grand Secretary. All were formally introduced, fraternally 
greeted and received with the customary Grand Honors. 

After singing "God Save the King" and the National Anthem 
of the United States the Grand Master addressed Grand Chapter. 
His message was short, but interesting. He stated that he was speak- 
ing to Masons who are anxious to spread the teachings of Masonry, 
and strengthen its influence. We quote: 

"Today that is our task as Freemasons. There is so much uncertainty, 
there are so many problems that disturb and perplex us, that we need 
something in which we can believe without reserve. I think we find that 
in our Freemasonry, for here are truth and principles that have been 
proved through past generations, and which men have found valid under 
every circumstance." 

A reception was accorded M. Ex. Comp. W. D. Law T rence, the 
first Grand "Z." of Manitoba, and who for twenty-five years lias 
been a pillar of strength to Royal Arch Masonry in the jurisdiction. 

Both the address of Dr. Bailey and the reply of M. Ex. Comp. 
Lawrence provide interesting reading and we regret that lack of 
space prevents our quoting literally from the addresses of these 
two outstanding Craftsmen. 

Manitoba is to be congratulated upon the splendid array oi 
Past Grand First Principals who were in attendance. Fourteen of 
the Past Rulers were accorded a cordial welcome. Forty-two Grand 
Representatives answered the roll-call, and were officially greeted. 

The report of the Grand "Z" provided a complete summariza- 
tion of his official acts and proved to be interesting as a word pic- 
ture of conditions in Manitoba. After a friendly greeting to all 
present and a tribute to the Past Grand First Principals M. Ex. 
Comp. Dalzell spoke of the loss through the passing of twenty-six 
Companions, and also referred in graceful terms to the death of 
the Grand First Principal of England— the Earl of Harewood. Un- 
der the caption "State of the Order" he informed Grand Chapter 
that the Capitular Craft was in an exceedingly healthy condition, 
and throughout the jurisdiction peace and harmony prevail. 

From the report on visitations it would appear that the Grand 
"Z" gave generously of his time and talent in the performance of 



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this important duty. While he was unable to accept more than two 
invitations to other Grand Chapters he, nevertheless, was ably rep- 
resented at four others! Just here we interject the comment that we 
well remember the visit of his proxy M. Ex. Comp. Dillabough to 
our Convocation in London, Ontario. We were proud and happy 
to have our Sister Province so capably represented. 

After listing his dispensations in which we find nothing unusu- 
al and enumerating his. appointment of Grand Representatives the 
Grand "Z" paid tribute to the loyal support of the Grand Scribe 
"E" and others. The report concludes with a thoughtful disserta- 
tion on world conditions. From this eloquently written section we 
: are constrained to quote the following: 

"It is now more than two years since the end of that titanic struggle 
which shattered the Temple of civilization, yet we are far from having 
the Peace among the Nations of the world secured. The Temple of 
civilization as it existed before the war, was utterly smashed during those 
tragic years and we ar.e now in the process of rebuilding it. Surely of all 
men, Masons ought to be qualified for the erecting of a more solid and 
enduring structure than that which has been so ruthlessly destroyed. It 
was said of the second Temple, "the glory of the latter house shall be 
greater than the former, but in this place will I give Peace, saith the 
Lord of Hosts." That must be our ambition in helping to reconstruct our 
shattered world— make it more glorious and enduring than the old and 
also erect it as a Temple of Peace. 

A perusal of the report of the Grand Treasurer indicates that 
finances are sound, receipts well in advance of the previous year, 
and in excess of expenditures with total assets of $4,855.00. 

The Grand Scribe "E" also presented a comforting report, the 
high-light of which is a gain in membership of 123. Eleven of the 
sixteen Chapters recorded an increase of 10 percent., or better. 

i ' 

From the various reports we have read it would appear that 

.Royal Arch Masonry in Manitoba is vigorous, virile and prosperous. 

As usual the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the three 
districts proved quite interesting. The sentiment in all three can 
Jbest be expressed by the following quotation from the report of 
R. Ex. Comp. Bond of District No. 1: 

». "The Peace, Harmony and Fratenjalism exhibited in all Chapters has, 

to my knowledge, never been excelled and may God grant its continuance 
and expansion in a world which is sadly in 'need of such." 



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From a most impressive report by Canon Goodeve on the Fra- 
ternal Dead we extract a few lines from this beautiful tribute: ; 

"Faithfulness, not apparent accomplishment, is the acid test of life. 
There will be many surprises when the roll of life's heroes is unfolded. 
'The last shall be first, and the first last.' There must be no laying down 
of our tools, while the Great Architect leaves us here to do His work," 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence was presented by 
M. Ex. Comp. T. Sellar Cook. While he strays from the beaten path 
of such reviews we find it extremely attractive. In his introductory 
remarks he sounds an optimistic note and refers to the advance in 
membership throughout the realm of Capitularism. 

He quotes here and there from the proceedings of a few Grand 
Chapters and indicates that he has carefully perused the proceed- 
ings of the forty-eight Grand Chapters under review. We may be, 
pardoned for extracting from one of his quotations the following 
beautiful thought poetically expressed: 

"Dark is the road, and oft, in travail sore, 

Our wandering footsteps stumble and we stray 
In devious by-ways; yet there shines a light 

To guide and cheer us with its heavenly ray. 
Then to our wearied spirit comes a WORD, 

Down wafted from angelic choir above; 
And in our greatest need a Ghostly grip 

Renews our faith in HIM whose law is LOVE. 
So may we come, in HIS good time, to where 

Good Craftsmen and Companions hear the WORD, 
Which they sometimes have shared in whispers low 

Resound for-ever from the Throne of God." 

Charles F. Lidster was elected and formally installed as Grand 
"Z." T. Sellar Cook was re-elected Grand Scribe "E." Winnipeg was 
again selected as the next place of meeting. 

Our Grand Chapter is ably represented in Manitoba by F. W. 
Brownell, while Manitoba's representative near our Grand Chap- 
ter is F. V. Higginbottom. 

MARYLAND 

Robert M. Anderson—Grand High Priest. 
Charles H. Welden— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-26, Membership-7,116, Gain-391. 



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The One Hundred and Fiftieth Annual Convocation held in 
Baltimore, December 9, 1947. 

Having opened Grand Chapter in due form with prayer by 
the Grand Chaplain, the Grand High Priest officially greeted four- 
teen Past Grand High Priests and forty-three Grand Representa- 
tives holding the commissions of other jurisdictions. 

As is usual in Maryland a galaxy of distinguished Craftsmen 
were present and were warmly welcomed and accorded the honors 
due their several stations. 

In the premier position we find M. Wor. Bro. Harry L. 
Huether, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maryland. In Can- 
ada the Grand Master is always the last to be received, this being 
considered the post of honor. Following the Grand Master were 
rulers of the Royal and Select Masters, the Grand Commandery and 
the Scottish Rite, the neighbouring jurisdictions of Delaware, the 
District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New 
York, Connecticut, Nevada, were received as was, also, the General 
Grand Secretary of General Grand Chapter. Truly an imposing ar- 
ray whose presence clearly indicated a desire to pay tribute to the 
well-known hospitality of Maryland. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Anderson is anything but 
lengthy but it does provide a mirror that reflects all of his official 
acts and gives one a clear-cut picture of conditions in Maryland. 

Opening with a reference to the fact that this was the One 
Hundred and Fiftieth year of continued activity of Grand Chapter 
which was organized June 24, 1797, he continues with these words: 

"Let us continue to explain the points, principles and meaning of 
the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. The World needs 
these lessons today more than at any other period in the history of our 
great institution." 

He, also, quotes this sage comment: 

"There is no experience in all human activities that gives the satis- 
faction and enjoyment as that afforded by the knowledge of having ren- 
dered service to others." 

And ends his introductory remarks with this thought: 

"Yet the world generally, in these reconstruction davs, seems to be 
chaotic, confused, doubtful and uncertain. I therefore, hope our growth 
proves to be salutary and healthful." 



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After an expression of sorrow through the death of a sub- 
stantial number of active companions, he refers in detail to his 
visitations and speaks optimistically of the future due to the steady 
advance in membership and the strengthening of Grand Chapters' 
financial position. 

We find nothing unusual in his dispensations but we note 
with interest that a Royal Arch Mason who received his degrees 
in England and is now a resident of Maryland, could not affiliate 
unless he resigned from his English connections and made applica- 
tion to be given the degrees as worked in Maryland. We can under- 
stand the necessity for a demit as Maryland does not allow dual 
membership but find it difficult to understand a ruling requiring 
him to apply for the Capitular degrees. We in Canada permit dual 
membership and Old Country Masons are always received with 
open arms as affiliates. 

M. Ex. Comp. Anderson concludes a most entertaining address 
with an encouraging report on ritualistic work and general condi- 
tions. 

We, also, appreciated reading the splendid report of the Grand 
Lecturer. 

From the report of the Grand Treasurer we glean the follow- 
ing, receipts, $6,552.00; disbursements, $4,880.00, with a cash bal- 
ance of $8,269.00. 

Charles H. Welden as Grand Secretary presented a well-written 
and compiled report on administrative affairs. Of especial interest 
in his reference to a net gain in membership of 391. 

A report from the various Grand Inspectors was received and 
this we believe is similar to our Grand Superintendent's report. 
Apparently the Inspectors function along the lines of our District 
officials. 

We now turn with interest to the report of D. Ross Vansant, 
Jr., who again presents in masterly style a review of other jurisdic- 
tions. From a brief but illuminative foreword we extract the fol- 
lowing: 

'And yet, this picture of prosperity and harmony fails, generally 
speaking, to be evident in world affairs. In foreign countries, we find star- 
vation and a lack of the essentials of life. In our own Country, greed and 
selfishness are still glaring factors that must be curbed." 

"So we move on from day to day in business or employment, thinking 
and wondering whether this world will ever enjoy a Real Peace." 



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Comp. Vansant expresses thoughts that are shared by thinking 
men the world over. 

Canada fails to find space in the reviews this year but we do 
not hold this against friend Vansant, as apparently our proceedings 
did not reach him in time for consideration. We have always en- 
joyed a friendly and generous review in Maryland and, of course, 
are somewhat disappointed. We trust next year to again take our 
place in the charmed circle. 

Congratulations Comp. Vansant on a report well up to you] 
established standard. 

After the election of officers Martin Koenig, Jr., was officially 
declared and installed as Grand High Priest, with Charles H. Wel- 
den continuing as Grand Secretary. 

The order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Canada is well represented in Maryland by Gerald M. Price, 
while Maryland has a capable representative in Canada in the 
person of Frank Todd. 

MASSACHUSETTS 

Ralph W. Copeland— Grand High Priest. 

Raymond T. Sewall— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-97, Membership-22,591, Gain-709. 

Quarterly Convocation held in Boston, March 11, 1947, with 
M. Ex. Comp. Copeland presiding. After prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain and the patriotic exercises Grand Chapter was declared 
open in Ample Form. 

Twenty-eight Grand Representatives and four Past Grand 
High Priests attended this Convocation. The report of the com- 
mittee charged with the arrangements for the 150th Anniversary 
was received and recommendations adopted. 

The Quarterly address of M. Ex. Comp. Copeland as one 
would expect from one so talented is a gem of prose. We quote a 
line or two, also the poem with which he closes a sterling address: 



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"The forces which would destroy Free Masonry and the philosophy ot 
life which Free Masonry has given to the world are hard at work to crush 
this institution and all that it stands for. These forces never sleep. They 
work twenty-four hours of each day. You say, "he is an alarmist it cannot 
happen here." But I say to you in all sincerity, and as forcibly as I am 
capable of doing, that it is happening here at this very moment." 

"The man who fights for freedom and the right of the individual never 
needs to cringe and bow to anyone— he stands upright and makes his voice 
felt. You as individual Masons must do this at every opportunity which 
presents itself." 

"AM I A BUILDER?" 

"I watched them tearing a building down 

A gang of men in a busy town 

With a ho-heave-ho and a lusty yell 

They swung a beam and the sidewall fell. 

I asked the foreman 

'Are these men skilled 

And the men you'd hire if you had to build?' 

He gave a laugh and said, 

'No, indeed! 

Just common labor is all I need, 

I can easily wreck in a day or two 

What builders have taken a year to do.' 

And I thought to myself as I went my way 

Which of these roles have I tried to play? 

Am I a builder who works with care 

Measuring life by the rule and square? 

Am I shaping my deeds to a well-made plan 

Patiently doing the best I can? 

Or am I a wrecker who walks the town 

Content with the labor of tearing down." 

Quarterly June 10, 1947. This being "Companionship Night" 
this was the theme of the Grand High Priest's Quarterly remarks. 
We extract from this splendid address the following: 

"Some 730 years ago the people of England forced King John to sign 
the Magna Charta, and I couldn't help but think that after all that was 
the beginning of all the freedom which you and I enjoy today. That was 
the first time in English history any individual had anything to say about 
his government, and from then on it has been a struggle to get what 
we have." 

"We prove to the world that we can live together and we prove it to 
the world by our actions and what we do that the world can see. Now, if 
you sit here in a meeting such as this and never speak to your neighbor 
on either side, you have missed that opportunity to make friends, and I 
know of no better phrase than the friends you make in Masonry are the 
greatest and most treasured Masonic jewels that any Mason can possess." 

Quarterly, September 9, 1947, M. Ex. Comp. Copeland in the 
chair. After receiving quarterly reports and a brief address by the 
Grand Hich Priest Grand Chapter closed in Ample Form. 



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Annual Convocation, December 9, 1947. Following the cere- 
monial entry of the Grand High Priest and the opening ceremonies, 
the Grand Lecturer presided in the exemplification of the four 
degrees of the Royal Arch system. During the evening session four 
Past Grand High Priests and thirty-four Grand Representatives 
were formally received. Many honored guests were in attendance 
including delegations from the following Sister Jurisdictions, Que- 
bec, New Jersey, Maine, Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, New 
York and, of course, Canada represented by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. 
Conover. Also present were leaders of the Scottish Rite, Knights 
Templar, Grand Council and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. 
After a warm welcome to the distinguished visitors it is pleasing 
and noteworthy that the assembly was asked to rise and sing "God 
Save the King." This latter gesture would, we are sure, bring a 
glow of pleasure to the Canadians present. 

The annual address of M. Ex. Comp. Copeland provides a 
complete coverage of the years' work written and recorded in his 
own inimitable style. Our only comment is summed up in three 
words "interesting, illuminative, impressive." 

After a typical Copeland greeting to those present, a reference 
to the Educational Program and a commentary on a year of great 
success among the chapters, he pays graceful tribute to the Fraternal 
Dead using these eloquent words: 

''They have become a part of eternity because they loved all men; a 
part of God because, like Him, they knew not race or religion or prejudice. 
In this world they discovered what portion of God men had gained for 
themselves and judged them by this quantity. Out of the unknown thev 
enter again into it. Out of the mist of one mountain range they pass into 
the mist of a second. But we knew them while they tarried with us in the 
better lighted valley which lies between." 

Dispensations numbered one hundred and sixty-one most of 
which were granted and all covering purely routine matters. 

He reports on the presentations of Fifty Year Emblems to a 
large group of veteran Royal Craftsmen, and after listing appoint- 
ments he launches forth into a detailed report of his many visita- 
tions both within and beyond the boundaries of Massachusetts. 
Among the latter we are happy to note a most friendly reference 
to his visit to our Grand Chapter. We should like to say that the 
interchange of visits between Massachusetts and Canada is an event 
which we have grown to consider as part of our annual Convo- 






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cation. This correspondent thoroughly enjoyed meeting M. Ex. 
Comp. Copeland and looks forward to our next visit. 

This masterful address concludes with a dissertation on free- 
dom which will appeal to all who are privileged to read it. Here 
are a few words selected at random from Comp. Copeland's re- 
marks: 

"In all quests for freedom, Free Masons have played a leading part. 
This is no more than natural, for the philosophy of life as taught in 
Masonry is based upon the freedom of the individual in his relationship to 
his God, his neighbor, and himself. With such a creed as this on which 
to base his actions, the true Mason must of necessity find himself in the 
vanguard of any quest for freedom. History has repeatedly shown us that 
one of the first moves of a dictator or usurper on his assumption to power 
is to suppress the Masonic fraternity. This is no more than natural as 
totalitarian government cannot understand and tolerate any organiza- 
tion that stands for a free philosophy in dealing with mankind in a com- 
mon brotherhood." 

"We as Masons must bend our efforts to make our Churches stronger; 
we as Masons must bend our efforts to be better citizens; we as Masons 
must support and encourage the worthwhile youth movements of this 
Country, for in youth lies the hope of our future. In short, we as Masons 
must live Masonry every hour of the day so that the freedoms that have 
been bequeathed to us by those who have gone before may be preserved 
bv us for those who will follow in our footsteps." 

Congratulations M. Ex. Sir on an inspiring comment on a 
timely subject. 

After presenting M. Wor. Bro. S. H. Wragg, Grand Master of 
Massachusetts with the Paul Revere Distinguished Service Medal, 
Grand Chapter proceeded with the election of officers. Ralph W. 
Copeland was unanimously selected to continue as Grand High 
Priest, Raymond T. Sewall as Grand Secretary. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we learn that receipts ex- 
ceed disbursements with invested funds of $86,355.77. 

Membership was increased by 709 despite a heavy death rate 
totalling 625 members. 

The Annual Assembly of the Order of High Priesthood was 
held March 11, 1947. 

Canada is represented in Massachusetts by Herman W. Bethe, 
while A. J. Stringer carries the commission of Massachusetts near 
our Grand Chapter. 



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MICHIGAN 

George H. Morgan— Grand High Priest. 

Charles G. Williamson— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-154, Membership-27,802, Gain-1,732. 

The Ninety-Ninth Annual Convocation held in Kalamazoo, 
October 15, 16, 1947, under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. Morgan. 

Following Michigan's usual custom the many visitors in at- 
tendance were presented and introduced prior to the Opening 
Ceremonies. Noticed among the guests were delegations from the 
Grand Chapters of Wisconsin, Ohio, New York and Canada. Asso- 
ciate bodies represented were the Scottish Rite, Grand Council 
and the Grand Lodge of Michigan. Needless to say all were warm- 
ly greeted and received with appropriate Grand Honors. 

After a Civic Welcome from the Mayor of Kalamazoo the 
Opening Ceremonies were completed followed by a solemn Invoca- 
tion by the Grand Chaplain. 

Fifteen Past Grand High Priests were accorded the customary 
reception, as also were thirty-six companions representing Sister 
Jurisdictions. Arthur M. Burke responded for Canada. 

As mentioned in previous reviews Michigan keeps ever-green 
the memory of its deceased Past Grand High Priests by reading at 
each annual Convocation what they term the "Roll of Honor." A 
simple but impressive ceremony. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is well up to the lofty 
standard set by his predecessors in office. Comprehensive, enlighten- 
ing and inspirational expresses our opinion of this splendidly writ- 
ten address. 

After a friendly greeting to those present M. Ex. Comp. Mor- 
gan paid tribute to the passing of 558 companions during the past 
year. He spoke in eulogistic terms of the sad loss sustained by Grand 
Chapter through the lamented death of Past Grand High Priest 
Elwin F. Brown. 

Among his many dispensations we note a number to "Receive 
and Ballot upon Petitions at the same Convocation." In Canada 
in case of emergency this might be permitted otherwise such action 
is discouraged. His other dispensations were all routine. 



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Appointments, fraternal courtesies and visitations are all fully 
set forth. These latter include a comment on his visits to other 
Jurisdictions and it is with great pleasure we note his gracious 
report on his visit to our Grand Chapter. We were proud and 
happy to have him with us. After dealing with a number of admin- 
istrative matters and paying tribute to the generous and unselfish 
support of his officers and Past Grand High Priests, M. Ex. Comp. 
Morgan closed his address with these words: 

"If I have regrets, they are confined solely to the fact that the year 
passed too quickly for me to realize all of my ambitions." 

The Grand Treasurer's report as always proves most interest- 
ing. Receipts reported by our good friend Guy A. Birge amount to 
$23,483.00, expenses $15,413.82, and a Benevolent Fund of S3,144.00 
provide the high-lights of the report. Investments total $24,000.00. 
Truly a sound fiscal position. 

The Grand Secretary's report is also impressive. Turning to 
his "Recapitulation of Statistical Tables" it is worthy of note that 
loss through death and other causes reached the rather staggering 
total of 963, yet despite this heavy loss the net gain in membership 
was 1,732. 

M. Ex. Comp. George W. Armstrong, the Grand Lecturer hav- 
ing retired through ill health, M. Ex. Comp. Birge presented an 
eloquent tribute to the yeoman service rendered to Grand Chapter 
by the retiring Grand Lecturer, after which he moved that the 
distinguished companion should be created "Grand Lecturer 
Emeritus." This resolution was unanimously adopted. From Comp. 
Birge's remarks we extract the following from Carlyle: 

"One of the Godlike things of this world is the veneration done to 
human worth by the hearts of men." 

From a beautiful report on "Obituaries" we quote the closing 
lines: 

"May not the expectancy of hope be the guiding star that shall some 
day lead us to a renewal of that friendship that we have loved, "and lost 
awhile," that we may be permitted, with them, to share the blessings of 
life eternal? 

"Such souls forever live 

In boundless measure of the love they give." 

From a report by a committee appointed to study the mat- 
ter of charity we learn with interest that it is recommended that 
an assessment equivalent to $1.00 per member be levied on the con- 



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stituent chapters. By this means it is hoped that $30,000.00 will 
be raised this year for charity and benevolent purposes. We are 
passing through a similar campaign in Canada our objective being 
$50,000.00 and we tender to our friends in Michigan best wishes 
for the success of their venture. 

Roscoe J. Burch, P.G.H.P. presented his first Capitular Review 
and from an informative "Foreword" we excerpt his closing words 
to all of which we offer a fervent amen: 

"My one observation from pursuing these proceedings is that most 
Grand Jurisdictions seem to be more concerned about making minor 
changes in their By-Laws or Constitutions than they are in formulating 
plans that would enable their constituent Chapters to better indoctrinate 
their candidates and members and also provide their Chapters with an 
outline of meetings that would assure much larger attendance." 

While a number of Canadian Grand Chapters are reviewed 
we fail to locate a reference to "Canada." This is something that 
has happened so frequently this year that we are somewhat con- 
cerned as to whether it is indicative of a delay upon the part of 
our Grand Scribe E's office in submitting our proceedings to the 
Grand Chapters with which we are in correspondence. 

We have read with interest your reviews M. Ex. Comp. Burch 
and congratulate you on a most interesting report. 

John Henry Chalmers was elected and duly installed as Grand 
High Priest. Charles G. Williamson was re-elected Grand Secre- 
tary. The next place of meeting will be Jackson. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on October 15th. 
This correspondent is always interested in this branch of Michi- 
gan's Masonic activity as it was in Michigan that he was received 
into membership under the guiding hand of Francis B. Lambie 
whom we note is now the Grand President. 

Canada has an able representative in Michigan in the person 
of Arthur M. Burke, while Michigan is equally well served in 
Canada by our Grand Z. Fred W. Dean. 

MINNESOTA 

E. H. Ruhsam-Grand High Priest. 
John H. Anderson— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-56, Membership-1 2,703, Gain-936. 



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The Eighty-Sixth Annual Convocation held in Saint Paul, Oc- 
tober 14, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Ruhsam officiating as Grand 
High Priest. 

After the opening exercises the colorful ceremony of present- 
ing the Flag by a Color Guard of Knights Templar took place. 

Distinguished visitors were received from North Dakota, South 
Dakota, Connecticut, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Delegations from the 
General Grand Chapter, Knights Templar and Grand Council 
were in attendance, as also, was Carsten L. Jacobson, Grand Mas- 
ter of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. Honors suitable to their 
rank were accorded the guests who were extended a sincere fraternal 
greeting. 

Thirty-two Jurisdictions were present in the person of their 
Grand Representatives. We regret to note the absence of Canada's 
Ambassador of Good-Will. Twelve Past Grand High Priests were 
officially welcomed. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Ruhsam makes interesting read- 
ing. We are constrained to quote the closing lines of his opening 
remarks: 

"I was brought in closer touch and viewed more intimately Royal 
Arch Masonry at labor and refreshment, all of which revealed unmis- 
takably the depth to which the ideals and principles of Royal Arch Mason- 
ry have penetrated the social and spiritual realms of community life, 
welded continually stronger a chain of individual personalities into one 
common bond, the temple of a living and united Fraternity. From the 
hearts and minds of such mankind must come the inspiration of a just 
and enduring peace." 

After an eloquent tribute to the Fraternal Dead the Grand 
High Priest enumerated his dispensations, appointments and visi- 
tations. It is noticed that he found time to visit chapters in every 
section of the state and reports a loyal and friendly reception. 

After paying well-deserved tribute to the Grand Secretary 
and other officers M. Ex. Comp. Ruhsam closed a short but bril- 
liant address with these words: 

"As the realization of the endlessness of God's creation is the measure 
of progress, so the continuity of our united efforts through an ever- 
expanding bond of living fraternity brings to the world the blessings of 
peace made possible only through the inspiration of enlightened men." 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we learn that finances are 
in a healthy condition, receipts exceeding disbursements and total 
assets of $35,770.69. 



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The Grand Secretary reports an active year in which the mem- 
bership increased by 936 and this despite a heavy death toll of 237. 

William E. Pool presented the report on Foreign Correspon- 
dence. We extract a few lines from this very fine report: 

"We must not allow this time of easy money to cause us to forget 
or to lower the standards and landmarks set by our forefathers, but should 
rather redouble our efforts to guard well our outer doors and also to 
teach and preach the real doctrine of Freemasonry." 

One of the features of Minnesota's proceedings is the splendid 
report of the Grand Lecturer. We should like to quote liberally 
from this report but lack of space forbids more than a meagre 
sample of the many worthwhile subjects covered by the Grand Lec- 
turer: 

"The big question we must face is not what our Chapters did yester- 
day, but are we accepting the challenge of today and tomorrow. Only as 
we accept that challenge will we measure up to our responsibilities." 

From a most impressive "Memorial" by the Grand Chaplain 
we excerpt the following beautiful verse: 

"Oh may I join the choir invisible 

Of those immortal dead who live again 

In lives made better by their presence; live 

In deed of daring rectitude, in scorn 

For miserable aims that end in self, 

In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars, 

And with their mild persistence, urge man's search 

To vaster issues. So to live is heaven." 

Emil A. Wold was elected and duly installed Grand High 
Priest. John H. Anderson was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened October 13, 1947. 

Oliver Ellwood carries Minnesota's commission in Canada, 
while our representative in Minnesota is J. Arthur Jensen. 

MISSISSIPPI 

W. Carl Seab-Grand High Priest. 

Sid. F. Curtis— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-52, Membership-6,873, Gain-1,112. 

The One Hundredth Annual Convocation held in Jackson, 
May 18 and 19th, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Seab presiding. 



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After the ceremonial opening of Grand Chapter twelve iPast 
Grand High Priests and thirty-five Grand Representatives were ex- 
tended an official greeting. 

Visitors in attendance included the Grand High Priest of 
Ohio and delegations from the General Grand Chapter, the Grand 
Council and Grand Commandery, all of which were cordially wel- 
comed with fitting honors. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is attractive in its make- 
up and gives full coverage to the various activities of the year. 

After briefly referring to this as the Century Convocation, he 
mentioned that with the exception of two years during the Civil 
War, Grand Chapter had an unbroken line for one hundred years. 

Sympathetic reference was made to the great loss sustained 
through the deaths of the Grand Treasurer J. F.^ Dixon and Past 
Grand High Priest J. H. Johnson. 

Speaking optimistically on conditions M. Ex. Comp. Seab men- 
tioned that three new chapters received their charters during the 
year. From this section of the address we excerpt the following: 

"Surely it seems to be one of the best years in Capitular Masonry 
for the past century, so our Centennial Celebration in reality should be 
a great one. In fact, the pendulum of Masonry is swinging forward as 
never before. And Companions, please don't forget we need Masonry now 
to combat the other "isms" that are arising from every part of the globe." 

Visitations are listed and consist of visits to 41 of the 52 chap- 
ters of the jurisdiction. 

After naming his appointments and enumerating his dispen- 
sations, the Grand High Priest pays glowing tribute to the various 
officers of Grand Chapter. The address concludes with the follow- 
ing answer to the age-worn question "When Is a Man a Mason." : 

"When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he 
has kept faith with himself, with his fellowman, with his God. In his 
hand a sword, in his heart a bit of song, glad to live but not afraid to 
die. In such a man whether he be rich or poor, scholarly or unlearned, 
famous or obscure, Masonry has wrought her sweet ministry. And as a 
man, may The Supreme Grand High Priest help each of us to be such a 
Mason." 

The report of the Grand Secretary provides interesting infor- 
mation, the outstanding feature of which is a reference to a net 
gain in membership of 1,112 which to an outsider spells a year of 
great success. 



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From the Grand Treasurer, we learn that finances seem to be 
in a very healthy condition, cash on hand being $18,797.00 with in- 
vestments totalling $19,680.00. 

T. O. Gore, Jr., as Grand Lecturer, presented a most encour- 
aging and may we say decidedly interesting report on general con- 
ditions. A perusal of this fine report clearly indicates that "All's 
Well" in the jurisdiction of Mississippi. 

From the report on Necrology we extract this beautiful thought 
poetically expressed: 

"Our hearts are heavy in their absence here 

But we do not grieve apace, 
But in their influence, we find some cheer 

To Help us run our race, 
And we shall hope, when our days work is done 
v To join them at the setting of the sun." 

Past Grand High Priest I. F. Scharff tendered the report on 
Fraternal Correspondence. We quote the following from Comp. 
ScharfFs comments on Peace: 

"PEACE— While we find peace and harmony prevailing throughout 
the Capitular realm, expressions of concern and regret are manifested on 
the deplorable condition throughout the shattered and confused world 
and we are now far from a real and lasting peace." 

Following the election of officers C. Reese Harris was duly in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest while that most efficient secretary Sid. 
F. Curtis was again returned to office. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened May 19, 1948. 

Canada is represented in Mississippi by Leon S. Lippincott, 
while S. F. Smith plays a similar role for Mississippi near our Grand 
Chapter. 

MISSOURI 

Robert D. Whitaker-Grand High Priest. 

Ray V. Denslow— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-101, Membership- 19, 138, Gain-1,453. 

The One Hundred and Second Annual Convocation held in 
Kansas City, April 27, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Whitaker presiding. 



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Following the opening ceremonies the Grand Chaplain offered 
the Invocation and at the conclusion the assembly remained stand- 
ing during the singing of the National Anthem. 

Seventeen Past Grand High Priests and an equal number of 
Grand Representatives were formally received and welcomed. We 
note with regret the absence of Canada's representative. 

A large delegation of Canadians from the Grand Chapter of 
Manitoba were ushered in and received an enthusiastic reception. 
They were present to exemplify the degree of the Holy Royal Arch 
according to the Canadian ritual. As a token of appreciation for the 
many courtesies extended to Manitoba they presented a Canadian 
Flag which was gracefully received by the Grand High Priest who 
ordered the flag to be placed in the East in a receptacle which had 
been piepared for the purpose. 

Among the many visitors present were craftsmen from the 
Grand Chapters of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, New York, Oklahoma, 
and South Dakota. Also received were representatives of the Grand 
Council, Grand Commandery, the General Grand Chapter and the 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Needless to say all 
were greeted in that fraternal spirit so characteristic of our Com- 
panions of Missouri. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is colorful, dignified, 
eloquent, and decidedly entertaining. From his introductory re- 
marks on world conditions we extract these words: 

"Our altruistic motives are under suspicion. Our endeavors to estab- 
lish the liberty and freedom of the common man in those countries under 
our sphere of influence are meeting; with opposition. Our leadership is 
questioned. Upon our shoulders rests the larger share of the burden of 
upholding the Anglo-Saxon, or Western, civilization, which English-speaking 
countries have cherished as the basis of our liberty. 

The history of our rule has always been one of respect for human 
rights, and our civilization one of progress toward universal peace and 
the establishment of the government of God on earth, which requires no 
war, no bloodshed, and no privation, but only the fulfillment of good as 
described in the words of Isaiah." 

And from a comment on Royal Arch Masonry this wholesome 
thought: 

"Let us hope that in our journey onward, Royal Arch Masonry may 
never see tne lowering of the curtain on its last act. Let us hope that men 
will always be drawn into its fold because of a desire to receive the en- 
lightenment which its membership affords. Finally, may it continue in 
precept and practice to shine with a radiance of brilliant light, surmounted 



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by truth, shedding its beneficient influence upon men, and praying for 
the peace of God's kingdom on earth." 

After a gracious reference to the Fraternal Dead, M. Ex. Comp. 
Whitaker announced his appointments to the Corps of Grand Rep- 
resentatives and followed by a comment on the constitution and 
dedication of two new Chapters, the first by the way to be chartered 
since 1926— this surely may be considered as a good omen for the 
future. His dispensations follow but as these appear to be purely 
administrative, there is little to attract outside interest. Speaking of 
charitable grants, it is noteworthy that $1,000.00 was appropriated 
to provide food and clothing for needy brethren in Europe. A most 
laudable undertaking indeed and one which was apparently much 
appreciated. 

An interesting reference is made to the death of King Christian 
X of Denmark who for thirty-five years served as Masonic Grand 
Master. From the correspondence received in Missouri from the 
Grand Secretary of the National Grand Lodge of Denmark, we 
learn that Prince Harald has been elected Grand Master. 

After a glowing tribute to the splendid co-operation of the 
Grand Secretary and others M. Ex. Comp. Whitaker closes an ad- 
mirable address with these words: 

"With infinite love and wisdom, 
God shared His name with me; 
I AM is God; I AM is all 
I am or hope to be.'" 

The report of the Grand Treasurer provides interesting read- 
ing. Receipts well in advance of expenditures with total investments 
of $102,950.00. This clearly indicates that fiscal affairs are well 
managed and finances generally sound and comforting. 

The administrative report of Grand Secretary Denslow is 
comprehensive and has as its high-light an increase of 1,453 mem- 
bership and this despite a loss of 890 through death and other 
causes. 

From the report on Necrology this beautiful thought: 

"The kind neighbor, the faithful friend, the true brother of our 
fraternity is dead. Dead, did I say? No! They have just begun to live. God 
has given them a two-fold life— the life eternal of the glorified in heaven 
and the life of an undying memory in our hearts." 

From M. Ex. Comp. Denslow's report on International Rela- 
tions we rather like the following comment on the Masonry of our 
English brethren: 



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"Now I have gotten clear away from International Relations, except 
I could say to you that our companions in other countries do not do it 
that way, and I do not know any better authority to follow than the United 
Grand Lodge of England, which, to my notion, does things in a way, and 
with a dignity, that no other organization in this world does." 

Ray V. Denslow again writes the Fraternal Review which is 
prefaced by a historical reference to Royal Arch Masonry in the 
dim and distant past. To a student of Masonry this dissertation on 
the Royal Craft is intensely interesting and much of it we should 
like to quote. Time and especially lack of space forbids and we 
can only suggest that it is a literary treat which should be more 
widespread than is the case with it appearing only in the Reviews of 
our Missouri contemporary. The reviews follow M. Ex. Comp. Dens- 
low's established pattern. They are topically arranged and deal with 
the various phases of Masonic activities throughout the realm of 
capitularism. 

Canada is referred to in connection with M. Ex. Comp. Con- 
over's visit to the Winnipeg Triennial of the General Grand 
Chapter. Reference is also, made to our Distinguished Service 
Medal which is conferred upon such of our rank and file who have 
not served their chapter as an officer, yet have given much to fur- 
ther the Royal Craft in their respective chapters. We again come in 
for comment on the work of our Educational Committee and a 
brief reference is made to the newly established Conference of Ca- 
nadian Grand Chapters. The second Annual Conference was held 
in September, 1948, and was most successful, plans being laid for 
next year's conference to be held in one of the Western Provinces. 

And now we must return to the proceedings of Missouri where 
we learn that A. H. Harwell was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, while, as is to be expected, Ray V. Denslow continues in office 
as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada is worthily represented in Missouri by Orson H. Swear- 
ingen, while W. J. Tow is Missouri's representative near our Grand 
Chapter. 

MONTANA 

Fred M. Brown— Grand High Priest. 
Luther T. Hauberg— Grand Secretary. 



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Chapters-32, Membership-3,439, Gain-265. 

The Fifty-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Great Falls, 
June 3, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Brown presiding. 

Following the ceremonial opening of Grand Chapter and an 
address of welcome from the local chapter, the Grand High Priest 
delivered his annual address. M. Ex. Comp. Brown's address takes 
the form of a report of the year's work and impresses the reader as a 
most business-like presentation of the Grand High Priest's activities. 
After a cordial greeting to those present he referred to the past 
year as one that was indeed prosperous for Grand Chapter. He paid 
graceful tribute to the fraternal dead and enumerated his ap- 
pointments and dispensations. These latter were few in number 
and relatively unimportant from a reviewer's standpoint. Visitations 
are fully set forth and make interesting reading. It is noted from 
M. Ex. Comp. Brown's remarks that but two copies of the esoteric 
work are possessed by Grand Chapter. This is somewhat different 
in Canada where we are more generous with copies of the work 
but of course they are not distributed promiscuously. After com- 
menting upon his visit to the General Grand Chapter M. Ex. Comp. 
Brown closes his address with words of praise for the officers of 
Grand Chapter, with a particular reference to the co-operation and 
support of the Grand Secretary and an expression of appreciation 
for the honor he enjoyed as Grand High Priest. 

As we peruse the report of the Grand Treasurer we note that 
fiscal affairs appear sound with a cash balance of $9,007.00 and in- 
vestments totalling $15,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is also very illuminative record- 
ing a gain in membership with but two chapters out of a total 
of thirty-two reporting a loss in membership. It is noteworthy that 
a petition was received for a dispensation to form a new chapter. 

After a reception to the Past Grand High Priest of Montana, 
the representatives of Associate Bodies were introduced and formal- 
ly received. These included Grand Lodge, Grand Commandery, 
Grand Council and the Scottish Rite. 

Memorial Services were held for departed companions and 
eloquent reference made to the lamented death of Past Grand High 
Priest F. D. Jones who as a staunch pillar of the Craft in Masonry 
is greatly mourned. He was a Past Grand Master of Grand Lodge, 
Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar, Grand Master, Royal 



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and Select Masters and a leader in many other branches of Masonry. 
This "In Memoriam" closes with these lines: 

"Thy Life is now beyond 

The reach of death or change; 

Not ended— but begun. 

Oh, noble soul! Oh, gentle heart! 

Hail and farewell." 

Thirty-eight Sister Jurisdictions were represented by their duly 
accredited Grand Representatives. H. T. Cumming responded for 
Canada. 

Past Grand High Priest Claude J. McAllister writes the Capi- 
tular Review and reaches a new high in his "Foreword" which to 
say the least is an epic. With "Our Common Task" as his title 
Comp. McAllister eloquently expounds our duty as Masons. 

From his exposition on Masonry we extract a few lofty thoughts 
taken at random. We quote: 

"OUR COMMON TASK, as Royal Arch Masons, we conceive to be in 
these uncertain days of world excitement and differences, and in all times 
and conditions, is to see that the beauty of our ritualism produces in our 
hearts and lives a better citizenship and a loftier manhood. To fight the 
good fight against the innumerable lures that tend to draw us and our 
fellowman away from things worthwhile." 

"What men need is strength to overcome the temptations of life and 
the dominance of selfishness, and the inspiration to learn the joy of sacri- 
fice and service, and the peace of mind that attends a life of fidelity and 
truth." 

"The practical purpose of our Order is to establish in the hearts and 
lives of all Royal Masons the great and potent truths that blossom 
out of ritual that this world may be a better place because Royal Arch 
Masons live." 

"OUR COMMON TASK-MY TASK-YOUR TASK-Companions of 
the Capitular Rite— is to move out into the world gallantly armed with the 
lessons of the Ritualism of our Order teaching and living its idealisms, 
helping and serving others, that at the close of our journey OUR COM- 
MON TASK may be crowned with glory and honor." 

We congratulate Comp. McAllister on a magnificent Foreword 
and regret lack of space prevents more liberal quotations. 

In turning to his review of Canada we find that we have 
been most generously treated. In condensed form he gives coverage 
to our many activities with excerpts from our Grand Z's address 
and note and comment on reports of our various committees. He 
refers to our Victory Thanksgiving Fund as a worthy objective and 
suggests that it is a wise move on our part. He quotes from our 



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Grand Master's talk on Masonic secrecy and even finds space to 
comment on our last review. 

Many thanks for your kind remarks Comp. McAllister. Our 
brief sojourn in Montana by correspondence of course has again 
been a delightful experience. 

Ralph H. Lodge having been duly elected Grand High Priest 
was installed into that high and important office. Luther T. Hau- 
berg continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Montana is represented in Canada by Charles W. Powers, while 
our representative in Montana is M. A. Averill. 

NEVADA 

Nathan W. Fay— Grand High Priest. 

Edward C. Peterson— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 8, Membership— 671, Gain— 44. 

The Seventy-Fourth Annual Convocation held in Reno, June 
10, 1947. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fay opened Grand Chapter in full form after 
which the Grand Chaplain led in the devotional exercises and the 
Flag was presented with due ceremony. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests were present as also thirty- 
six Companions representing other jurisdictions. Guests included 
a delegation from the Grand Chapter of California, representa- 
tives of the Knights Templar, the Royal and Select Masters and 
the Grand Lodge of Nevada. After a fraternal greeting the visitors 
were accorded Grand Honors. 

The address of the Grand High Priest gives full coverage to 
his many official acts. A perusal of this address gives one a rather 
clear-cut picture of conditions in Nevada. He opened with a mod- 
est statement that he had maintained the office and title in a sym- 
bolic rather than an operative sense due to conditions beyond his 
control. His comment on the year's work as one of fraternal har- 
mony and substantial growth is most encouraging. After tabulating 
his official acts in appointments and in the conferring of Courtesy 






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Degrees M. Ex. Comp. Ray gives a full and interesting account of 
his visitations. 

Reference was made to the great loss sustained through the pass- 
ing of Past Grand High Priests Herman Levy, Thomas Lindsay, 
Edward A. Ducker and George S. Day. 

After a number of recommendations dealing with routine 
matters M. Ex. Comp. Ray brings to a conclusion a most informa- 
tive address. 

The Grand Treasurer reports receipts of $1,369.70, with dis- 
bursements of $1,205.18 and a bank balance of $3,070.91 and invest- 
ments of $670.00— seemingly a very comfortable fiscal position. 

From the Grand Secretary we learn that seven chapters record 
an increase while the eighth showed no loss or gain. 

The Grand Oration by Ex. Comp. C. S. Tremervan is a literary 
treat dealing with the evolution of Masonry from the Operative to 
the Speculative. We are constrained to quote a few sage remarks 
taken at random from this sterling address: 

"The operative Masons at the building of King Solomon's Temple 
were probably the world's first labor union. Differing in two important 
particulars from those of the present day, in that they recognized a re- 
sponsibility to give value received for their wage and requiring that a 
member be of good moral character." 

"Let me now draw the analogy! Through the years we have built up 
a symbolic temple of civilization. Its stones have been liberty, justice, 
tolerance, knowledge, and truth. Built upon the foundation of equality 
and welded together, with the cement of love and christian fellowship." 

"Consequently whenever tyranny has raised its head or a dictator has 
attempted to subjugate or enslave the people, they first try to stamp out 
Christianity and in carrying out this program, Masonry comes in for the 
first and hardest blow." 

"This is all because we have gotten farther and farther away from 
the Great Light, and, as did our brethren of old, we have 'hardened our 
hearts,' we have done those things which were evil in the sight of the 
Lord, yea verily 'the people have transgressed very much after the man- 
ner of the heathen.' " 

From an eloquent report on "Necrology" we take the fol- 
lowing: 

"A breath of joy, an hour of pain, 
Dark paths to tread, white heights to gain, 
A little love, a little strife, 
And this is life." 

Although a Committee on Correspondence is listed a diligent 
search fails to locate a report from this committee. 



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Daniel Evans was elected and duly installed as Grand High 
Priest, Edward C. Peterson was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada has been represented in Nevada by Carl F. Dodge for 
some years past, while the R. Rev. Joseph Lofthouse is Nevada's 
representative near our Grand Jurisdiction. 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

John H. McAfee-Grand Z. 

Roy E. Crawford— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters— 11, Membership— 1,116, Gain— 52. 

The Sixtieth Annual Convocation held in St. John, June 26, 
1947, with M. Ex. Comp. McAfee as the presiding officer. 

After the formal opening the following distinguished visitors 
were ushered in and fittingly welcomed. M. Ex. Comp. Sipprell, 
Grand Secretary; M. Ex. Comp. Munro, P.G.H.P.; R. Ex. Comp. 
Press, and V. Ex. Comp. G. F. MacDonald, all hailing from the 
neighboring jurisdiction of Nova Scotia. 

The Grand Z's address furnishes a complete summary of the 
year's work. Opening with a cordial welcome to all present he re- 
ferred to St. John as a historic place of meeting and has this to 
say about conditions throughout the jurisdiction: 

"I was impressed with the enthusiasm displayed, and the desire for 
information and knowledge concerning Masonry among the Companions, 
and I am sure that the Holy Royal Arch, by reason of its lofty and spiri- 
tual appeal and its sublime symbolism has a hright future, which can 
outshine its glorious past in the Grand Jurisdiction of New Brunswick." 

After a sympathetic reference to the Fraternal Dead he enum- 
erated his appointments, dispensations and visitations. These latter 
were many and a perusal of his report clearly indicates that he was 
loyally received and generously entertained. Referring to invitations 
from other bodies and Sister Jurisdictions we note his reference to 
the London meeting of our Grand Chapter and expressed his regret 
at his inability to accept our invitation. We, too, were disappointed. 

Among his recommendations it is noted that he proposes an 



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increase in the per capita tax from thirty to fifty cents and an in- 
crease in the registration fee from three to three dollars and fifty 
cents. Unless conditions in New Brunswick are different than else- 
where an increase in revenue is definitely warranted. In our Grand 
Chapter this matter is now under consideration and action will 
likely follow during our next annual Convocation. 

M. Ex. Comp. McAfee closes a fine address with these words: 

"It would be far from me to attempt any words of admonition for 
I believe the spirit in which you have received me and in which you re- 
gard your fellowmen will be reflected back to yourselves. You will remem- 
ber what the greatest teacher of all time said: "Inasmuch as ye have done 
it unto the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me." 

From the report of the Grand Scribe E. we learn that the in- 
crease in membership is the largest in many years. 

Glancing through the Grand Treasurer's report we should say 
that fiscal affairs are fairly healthy. Revenue in excess of disburse- 
ments and an investment in government and municipal bonds of 
$3,000.00. 

The Grand Scribe E. R. Ex. Comp. Crawford having faithfully 
served in that capacity for the past ten years was presented with the 
Joseph Conway Brown Medallion as a mark of Grand Chapter's 
appreciation of meritorious service rendered to the Capitular 
Craft. 

Fifteen Grand Representatives answered the roll-call and were 
given a message to transmit to their respective jurisdictions. We 
note with regret that our representative was not among those who 
responded. 

The reports of the three Grand Superintendents are quite in- 
teresting and leave with the reader the thought that the Royal Craft 
is active and enthusiastic throughout the three Districts. 

We quote from one of these reports the following "Creed" 
poetically expressed: 

"Let me be a little kinder, let me be a little blinder. 
To the faults of those about me; 
Let me grieve a little more; 

Let me be, when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery; 
Let me serve a little better those that I am striving for. 
Let me be a little braver when temptation bids me waver; 
Let me strive a little harder to be all that I should be; 
Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker; 
Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me." 



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Following the election of officers James Stanley Hoyt was de- 
clared Grand Z., and, of course, Roy E. Crawford continues as 
Grand Scribe E. 

Much to our regret New Brunswick does not publish a Fra- 
ternal Report. Reviews of other jurisdictions provide the silver 
cord that binds more closely Royal Arch Masons the world over 
and we look for the day when all jurisdictions will again follow 
this procedure. However, this is a matter for each to decide but we 
cannot refrain from expressing our feeling in this regard. 

New Brunswick is represented near our Grand Chapter by 
John W. Plewes, while our interests in New Brunswick are carefully 
guarded by Edgar W. Mair, who, for many years has faithfully 
served us as Grand Representative. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Alexander J. LeLoup— Grand High Priest. 

J. Melvin Dresser— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-26, Membership-3,508, Gain-117. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Ninth Annual Convocation 
held in Concord, May 18, 1948. 

M. Ex. Comp. LeLoup opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form 
with prayer by the Grand Chaplain. Seven Past Grand High Priests 
were present while twenty-seven Grand Representatives answered 
the roll-call. Canada was represented by Alfred H. White. 

Distinguished guests included leaders of the Royal Craft from 
the Grand Chapters of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ver- 
mont, Maine and New Jersey. General Grand Chapter and the 
following associate bodies also were represented, Grand Council and 
the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. All were fittingly welcomed 
and received with Grand Honors. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was a comprehensive 
report of his official acts. We should say that it evidently has been 
thoughtfully prepared, is well written and may well be character- 
ized as interesting and inspirational. Following his introductory re- 
marks a brief but impressive reference is made to those who have 
journeyed on the path that leads to that land of glorious immor- 



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tality. We extract a quotation used by M. Ex. Comp. LeLoup: 

"There are none friendless, none afraid 
The Saving truth who know 
Their shining paths lead from the shade 
And up to light they go." 

Visitations both to constituent chapters and other jurisdictions 
are all fully set forth. We note his comment on his inability to ac- 
cept our invitation to attend our Toronto Convocation. We, too, 
regret that he could not be with us. 

He enumerates his appointments of Grand Representatives, re- 
fers to a revision of the ritual which will shortly be issued and 
listed his dispensations, these latter covering purely administrative 
matters. 

Under the heading of "State of the Rite" he speaks most hope- 
fully of the future of the Royal Arch and mentions a number of 
chapters whose success during the year was worthy of commenda- 
tion. 

We are constrained to quote at length from a paragraph which 
commands our hearty endorsation. How true are his words yet how 
difficult it is going to be to establish his thoughts in the minds of 
the youth of today: 

"Our great nation is still struggling in its effort to secure a just and 
permanent peace but let me assure you that the type of peace we secure 
will, in the final analysis, depend upon the quality of spiritual faith and 
life which takes possession of this nation and the world. On many occa- 
sions I have tried to bring attention to the way of our present generation 
in allowing too many activities on the Sabbath. We profess to reverence 
the Sabbath and to use that day to contemplate the glorious works of cre- 
ation and adore our great Creator." 

After a word of praise for the splendid service of the Grand 
Secretary M. Ex. Comp. LeLoup brings to a close an admirable 
address. 

Reports of the various officers provide much information on 
conditions throughout the jurisdiction and prove intensely in- 
teresting. 

From the financial statement we learn that receipts were 
slightly in excess of expenditures with total assets of $4,123.00. 

It is worthy of note that the per capita tax is being increased 
from fifty to sixty cents, and also, any chapter failing to pay its 
annual dues to Grand Chapter is subject to a fine of $1.00 for each 



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day that the dues remain unpaid after the closing date for such 
returns. At first thought this regulation seems somewhat severe 
but nevertheless there is considerable merit in an action that will 
make it obligatory for each chapter to promptly pay its assess- 
ment. 

We regret the absence of reviews but note that the committee 
on Correspondence dismiss the subject with the laconic statement 
"We have nothing to report." 

Following the election of officers Edward L. Getchell was 
formally installed as Grand High Priest. J. Melvin Dresser con- 
tinues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Canada is represented in New Hampshire by Alfred H. White, 
while New Hampshire is represented near our Grand Chapter by 
N. M. Sprague. 

NEW JERSEY 

I. L. Allen-Grand High Priest. 

Charles D. McCracken— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-54, Membership-9,053, Gain-240. 

The Ninety-First Annual Convocation held in Trenton, May 
12, 1948. 

Grand Chapter having been duly opened by M. Ex. Comp. 
Allen, many distinguished guests were received. These included the 
rulers of Royal Arch Masonry from Delaware, District of Columbia, 
New Hampshire, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, 
Pennsylvania, and our own Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean 
representing Canada. 

Also represented were the Grand Council, Knights Templar, 
and in the place of honor M. Wor. Bro. J. S. Caie, representing the 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. All were for- 
mally introduced and officially welcomed. It is noted that eight 
Past Grand High Priests and thirty-seven Grand Representatives 
were in attendance. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was clean-cut, well writ- 



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ten and most interesting. 



After greeting all present in a most gracious manner, M. Ex. 
Comp. Allen spoke briefly on the problems facing the democratic 
world today. We quote a few lines: 

"Today we are again confronted with this menace, and Masonry is 
again the bulwark on which to build our defense as citizens of a de- 
mocracy. Let us, therefore, work to bind ourselves into a compact body 
to hold aloft the ideals of a Christian democracy and preserve our coun- 
try and our institutions from all contaminating or revolutionary changes." 

Speaking sympathetically of the Fraternal Dead he paid tribute 
to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. R. A. Meeker who died during the 
past year. 

In addressing the Grand Representatives the Grand High Priest 
used these very true words: 

"You are the links that form the chain of brotherly love which binds 
all our fraternal bodies together." 

Then follows his appointments and dispensations, these latter 
were few in number and relatively of little interest other than to 
those immediately effected. Well earned commendations were ten- 
dered the Grand Secretary, the Grand Lecturer and other officers 
for their generous support. 

Schools of Instruction similar no doubt to our Chapters of 
Instruction were held throughout the year and were well attended 
and productive of much good. 

In referring to his visits beyond his own Jurisdiction, we note 
the Grand High Priest's reference to his visit to our Grand Chapter. 
May we say we were delighted to have him with us and trust that 
this may prove an annual event. 

Visits throughout the State are all set forth and indicate that 
M. Ex. Comp. Allen was surely not neglectful of this phase of his 
duty. 

Among his recommendations is one to increase the per capita 
tax to bring it in line with increased operating costs. The present 
tax is sixty cents per member, he recommended an increase to 
seventy- five cents. 

Dr. Allen closes a sterling address with these words: 

"And so, with a heart full of gratitude for all the favors shown me, 



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I will say, like Tiny Tim, "God bless you, everyone." 

Our very good friend Dr. Godfrey Pittis presented a beautiful 
report on Necrology from which we extract two poetic gems: 

"And when through patient toil we reach the land 
Where tired feet, with sandals loosed, may rest 

When we shall know and clearly understand, 
I think that we shall say, yes, God knew best." 

"There is nothing to trouble any heart, 

Nothing to hurt at all 
Death is only a quiet door 

In an old garden wall." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicates a strong fiscal 
position with receipts and expenditures fairly evenly balanced with 
cash on hand amounting to $6,850.00 and investments of $12,727.00. 

The Grand Secretary presented an interesting report in which 
he informs us that thirty-nine chapters reported net gains. Eleven 
chapters recorded a slight loss and four remained stationary. The 
net result was an increase of 240 notwithstanding a loss of 427 due 
to death and other causes. 

From the report on the Doings of Grand Officers the following 
excerpt attracts our attention: 

"While we must not overlook stark realities, world problems can only 
be surmounted by faith, hope and charity. There can be no compromise 
in our basic principles with that godless ideology called Communism." 

We regret that New Jersey is one of the missing links in the 
chain of published "Correspondence and Reviews." However, we 
are hopeful some day that we may learn that "Reviews" will again 
be part of the proceedings. 

T. Dickinson was elected and installed Grand High Priest, 
Charles D. McCracken continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened May 11, 1948. 

Canada is most faithfully represented in New Jersey by R. Ex. 
Comp. Godfrey Pittis, while New Jersey's representative in Canada 
is R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre. 

NEW MEXICO 
Harlie E. Hubble-Grand High Priest. 



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Lloyd B. Johnson— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-13, Membership- 1,829, Gain-211. 

The Fiftieth Annual Convocation held in Albuquerque, May 
19, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Hubble presiding. 

After a formal opening nine Past Grand High Priests were 
tendered a warm greeting. 

Nineteen Sister Jurisdictions were represented by their Grand 
Representatives, William L. Ranville answered the roll-call for 
Canada. 

Distinguished visitors were present from the Grand Chapters 
of Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Texas and Nova Scotia. All 
were fittingly introduced and fraternally welcomed with Grand 
Honors. 

The Grand High Priest in a very entertaining address gave a 
resume of his year's work and official acts. 

After greeting those present he spoke of the privilege he en- 
joyed as Grand High Priest and stated that he had visited every 
chapter at least once and some a second time. Interest in the Royal 
Arch was on the increase and all but two chapters reported a gain 
in membership. 

Paying tribute to those who during the year passed beyond 
the Veils, he refers sympathetically to the passing of Alpheus A. 
Keen who served Grand Chapter for many years as Grand Secre- 
tary. He, also, spoke feelingly of the great loss sustained through the 
death of Past Grand High Priest Richard H. Hanna. 

After listing his appointments he graphically described his many 
visitations. He issued numerous dispensations but these were all 
purely administrative and without interest to an outsider. 

Reference is made to the appointment of Lloyd B. Johnson as 
Grand Secretary and L. B. Mitchell who assumes the duties of Grand 
Treasurer replacing Edward R. Paul who resigned his office. With 
a word of thanks for the co-operation and support of his officers M. 
Ex. Comp. Hubble closes his address. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer informs us that receipts were 
$3,942.00, expenses $3,543.00 with $27,367.00 in Treasury Bonds in 
the Masonic Home Fund and a total worth of $30,900.00. 



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From the Grand Secretary's report we learn that New Mexico 
increased its membership by 211 during the year. 

The Legislature of New Mexico having enacted a statute to 
permit Grand Lodge, Grand Chapter and similar fraternal bodies 
to incorporate, a resolution was passed in Grand Chapter to take 
advantage of this new act and accordingly application was made for 
incorporation. This appears to this correspondent as rather un- 
usual and without a careful study of local conditions, we find our- 
selves wondering just what advantage may accrue from making 
Grand Chapter a corporate body. 

Reuben Perry presented his seventeenth Report on Fraternal 
Correspondence and his review of fifty-four proceedings. As usual 
he furnishes delectable reading. He concludes his Foreward with 
words to which every Mason will heartily subscribe. We quote— 

"We continue to hope for a just and lasting peace and for efficiency 
and unity in the United Nations Organization." 

Canada is courteously reviewed and nothing of import seems 
to have escaped his scrutiny. He gives full coverage to our various 
activities and quotes from our statistics on membership, finances 
and benevolence. Altogether he gives a complete summary of our 
proceedings and even finds space for a friendly reference to our last 
review. Thanks Comp. Perry for a very generous review. 

Christopher A. Bernard having been elected Grand High Priest 
was formally installed into office together with the other officers 
including Lloyd B. Johnson as Grand Secretary. 

Frank A. Copus is New Mexico's representative near our Grand 
Chapter while as already noted William L. Ranville is our represent- 
ative in New Mexico. 

NEW YORK 

O. F. Maehr— Grand High Priest. 

C. G. Wilhelms— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters - 214, Membership - 34,602, Gain - 1121. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-First Annual Convocation held in 
Albany, February 2, 1948. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form with prayer at the 



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altar by R. Ex. and Rev. C. D. Broughton. 

Fifteen Past Grand High Priests and forty-three Grand Repre- 
sentatives were present. It seems superfluous to add that Canada 
was worthily represented by our old friend and ever faithful Clifford 
A. McDonald. 

New York is the Masonic Mecca of the northern states and once 
each year the pilgrims from here, there and yonder wend their way 
to Albany to partake of the hospitality of our New York Compan- 
ions. Distinguished craftsmen were present from the Grand Chap- 
ters of Quebec, Delaware, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, Maine, 
New Hampshire Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Is- 
land, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and, of course, Canada represent- 
ed by our Grand Z. F. W. Dean and M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden. 
Also represented were the Scottish Rite, Red Cross of Constantine, 
Grand Council, Knights Templar and in the place of honor the 
Grand Lodge of New York. 

The address of the Grand High Priest has ever been a feature 
of the New York proceedings and the address of Grand High 
Priest Maehr was no exception to the rule. It fully covers the year's 
work and leaves in the mind of the reader little to be desired. After 
gracious welcome to all present and an eloquent tribute to the Fra- 
ternal Dead, the Grand High Priest referred to his many official 
acts and recommended that $1,560.00 be placed at the disposal of the 
Grand High Priest for charitable grants during the coming year. 
Many changes were made among the Corps of Grand Represent- 
atives, these being given in detail in the address. That M. Ex. Comp. 
Maehr was most assiduous in the performance of his duties is evi- 
denced by the visitations made both within and beyond his own jur- 
isdiction. We note with pleasure his reference to his visit to our 
Grand Chapter. As usual we are interested to read of the celebration 
of Royal Arch Sunday held this year in Brooklyn under the guid- 
ance of the Rev. Charles D. Broughton. After a glowing tribute to 
the Grand Secretary and other officers M. Ex. Comp. Maehr closes 
an inspirational address with these words— 

"To my Genera] Sesqui-Centennial Committee: Your deeds are in the 
record, you have gone beyond the line of duty. We all owe you a debt of 
gratitude, for whatever has been accomplished, you were the men who did 
the planning. May the History of the next 150 years, be greater than the 
past." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer as usual is quite compre- 



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hensive and leaves little doubt as to the strength of New York's fiscal 
position. The highlights of the report are the large balances carried 
in the various funds. The Permanent Fund totals $185,415.00 while 
the Fund for Tuberculosis Relief amounts to $142,612.00, the total 
worth being $355,734.12. 

The Grand Secretary also presented a noteworthy report, the 
outstanding feature being an increase in membership of 1121 and 
this despite losses through death and other causes of 1360— truly a 
remarkable record. 

From the very thoughtfully prepared report of the Grand Lec- 
turer we clip the following anent the purpose of Royal Arch 
Masonry— 

"The great purpose of Royal Arch Masonry is to teach Masonry, not 
merely to confer the degrees. And when it fails of that purpose it fails entire- 
ly. Royal Arch Masonry is the "continuation" of the great theme with which 
Symbolic Masonry is chiefly concerned. Actually, the work of Royal Arch 
Masonry can be viewed as "explanatory," for it explains that which has al- 
ready been presented to the candidate in the first three degrees. 
While the candidate is permitted to see the Temple— under construction and 
nearing completion; but of that completion and final dedication, he never 
learns in Craft Masonry, for his attention is turned to other serious matters. 
The completion of the full story remains for Royal Arch Masonry to tell." 

From the report of the Committee on Relief of Tubercular 
Royal Arch Masons and their dependents, we read much that is of 
interest. Since the inauguration of this work Grand Chapter has dis- 
persed some $97,000.00 in this most worthy cause. At the risk of be- 
ing repetitious we are constrained to say that this great humanitar- 
ian work by our New York friends commands our admiration and 
merits our lusty though of necessity silent applause. 

Dealing with the vexed question of Life Membership, Grand 
Chapter adopted a resolution to disapprove any By-Law of a chapter 
which provides Life Membership and the exemption of dues unless 
a special fund be set up to provide an adequate amount to protect 
the chapter against financial loss. May we interject the comment, 
that in the judgment of this reviewer this seems to us as not only 
desirable but definitely sound. 

From a beautiful "{n Memoriam" we extract these lines— 

» : 

. •• "Beautiful life is that whose span 

Is spent in duty to God and man. 
Beautiful calm when the course is run, 
Beautiful death with a life well done." 



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Past Grand High Priest Charles J. Wells again writes the Report 
on Fraternal Correspondence. From a most entertaining Foreword 
we learn of the splendid educational arrangements made in collab- 
oration with Grand Lodge through the medium of the Masonic Lite- 
rary and the special study courses open to both Craft and Royal 
Arch Masons. 

Canada is reviewed in friendly fashion with liberal extracts 
from our Grand Z's address. Our various activities are fully covered 
and Comp. Wells has this to say about our last review— 

"The 123 pages devoted to Fraternal Correspondence were written in a 
most interesting manner. The Companions of the Grand Chapter of Canada 
are most fortunate in having such a complete bird's eye view of Capitular 
Masonry throughout the world." 

Following the election of officers one of this correspondent's 
very good friends Frank A. Lobee was declared and installed as 
Grand High Priest. Carl G. Wilhelms continues as, Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened January 24, 1948. 

Canada as already noted is most capably represented in New 
York by Clifford A. McDonald while John M. Burden, K.C., has the 
honor of representing the Empire State near our Grand Chapter. 

NEW ZEALAND 

G. H. Nicholls— First Grand Principal, 

C. R. Honeyfield— Deputy First Grand Principal. 

F. J. Rea— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters— 85, Membership— 5,515, Gain— 282. 

The Fifty-Sixth Annual Convocation held in Auckland, Febru r 
ary 25, 1948, with the First Grand Principal on the Throne. 

After the opening ceremonies which were conducted according 
to Ancient custom the election of the First Grand Principal for the 
ensuing year took place and R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Hallett was the 
unanimous choice, then followed the selection of the other officers 
of Grand Chapter. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Nicholls was brief but decidedly 
entertaining. After the usual greeting to those in attendance he 
gave facts and figures dealing with the advancement of the Royal 



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Craft during the past ten years. From these we learn that Royal 
Arch Masonry is making steady progress in the right direction. 
Three new chapters were formed during the year. The First Grand 
Principal spoke of the cordial relations which exist between the 
chapters in New Zealand that still owe allegiance to Sister Jurisdic- 
tions in England, Scotland and Ireland. He closes an excellent ad- 
dress with these words— 

"We need make no secret of our ideals and principles; we claim no 
monopoly in them for they were old in the world before ever Free-masonry 
was organized. I go further, and believe that we need not and should not 
hesitate to make widely known what the ideals and principles of Freemasonry 
are. We shall best counter those who slander us by letting it be seen we 
Stand not for the brotherhood of a select few but for universal brotherhood, 
the Brotherhood of Man, that our charity is not confined to our own people 
*iwnc uul is true charity in its widest sense "as expansive as the blue vault 
€ Heaven itself." 

The Financial Report which was presented and adopted proves 
that financially the Grand Chapter is sound. Receipts in excess of 
expenditures and assets of approximately $40,000.00. 

Honoris Causa Rank was conferred upon a number of com- 
panions for meritorious service to the Royal Craft. 

Reference was made to the appeal from England for donations 
to assist in the rehabilitating of chapters in the Mother Land which 
suffered financial loss through the action of war. New Zealand con- 
tributed approximately $1,000.00 to this worthy cause. 

Under the name of the Jubilee Scholarship Council, Grand 
Chapter is carrying on a splendid work providing funds for edu- 
cational purposes to those who otherwise would be denied educa- 
tional advancement through lack of means. 

During the evening session M. Ex. Comp. Hallett and his new- 
ly elected officers were duly and legally installed and invested. 

The inaugural address of M. Ex. Comp. Hallett is studded 
with homely truths, high ideals and sage advice. We quote a brief 
paragraph as a sample of this worthwhile address: 

"I believe it is true to assert that the trend of this modern age towards 
the exhaltation of material things as against the neglect of things spiritual 
is both implicitly and explicity inconsistent with the authority plan and will 
of Him, Whom we acknowledge as Jehovah, "God over all," for we are told 
in the V.S.L. that man must first seek the Kingdom of God and his 
righteousness, and other things in their proper place and proportion will 
be added unto him." 






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Greetings were extended either in person or by written mes- 
sage by the Grand Representatives of all Sister Jurisdictions. 

From an eloquent tribute to the Fraternal Dead we extract 
these lines: 

"Not silent are those hallowed dead, 

A richer eloquence survives, 
We have from those who've gone ahead 

The inspiration of their lives." 

Grand Chapter closed with all due formality after which the 
companions repaired to the banquet hall where the proceedings 
were brought to a close w T ith refreshments, addresses and ^wi^r- 
tainment. 

Norman B. Spencer represents Canada in New Zealand, while 
J. Austin Evans carries the commission of our Sister Dominion 
near our Grand Chapter. 

NORTH CAROLINA 

Kennon W. Parham— Grand High Priest. 

Millard F. McKeel— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-37, Membership-5,330, Gains-753. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Annual Convocation 
held in Raleigh, May 13, 1947. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form with prayer by the 
Acting Grand Chaplain. 

After a formal presentation of ten Past Grand High Priests, 
the Grand High Priest officially welcomed the distinguished guests 
who of course were received with Grand Honors. In addition to 
delegations from the Grand Chapters of Kansas, Virginia and 
Massachusetts the following associate bodies were represented, 
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, the Grand Council, Knights Temp- 
lar and the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. 

M. Ex. Comp. Parham delivered an admirable address which 
was impregnated with timely suggestions and thoughtful recom- 
mendations. Following his introductory remarks he sympathetically 
referred to the loss through the death of eighty-five members with 
a special reference to the passing of Past Grand High Priests A. B. 



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Andrews and J. H. Enwright. Tribute was also paid to the memory 
of C. K. Proctor, Past Grand Chaplain. 

Comment is made on the progress of the campaign to build 
a chapel at the Oxford Orphanage and a recommendation to donate 
an additional $3,000.00 to the Chapel Fund as a special memorial 
to Past Grand Chaplain C. K. Proctor was incorporated in the ad- 
dress. Attached to the address is an Addenda in which the Grand 
High Priest lists his official visits, his appointments, dispensations 
and decisions. From his remarks anent his visitations we extract 
the following which is indeed most encouraging: 

"The contacts with Companions all over the State were an inspir- 
ation to me. When my year started I had many misgivings in regard to 
the great influx of candidates but I have never seen the earnestness ex- 
hibited for Roval Arch Masonry that I have seen this year, nor have I 
ever seen a more intelligent and sincere effort to dispense true Masonic 
Light and Knowledge than I have seen this year." 

Among his appointments we note that a commission has been 
issued by him to A. G. Tipper of Kirkland Lake as Grand Repre- 
sentative in Canada. We assure him that Comp. Tipper will give 
faithful and efficient representation to North Carolina near our 
Grand Chapter. Nothing of unusual interest appears in his dis- 
pensations although in his decisions we note that he declined to 
approve the exaltation of a brother who had lost his right arm. 
While this decision no doubt conforms to constitutional require- 
ments we in Canada are inclined to waive the constitution and if 
the brother is otherwise desirable a dispensation is frequently 
granted. This is no reflection on M. Ex. Comp. Parham's decision 
but merely a comment to indicate what is done under such cir- 
cumstances in our jurisdiction. 

Let us now turn to the address proper where reference is made 
to the splendid work of the Grand Secretary and the suggestion 
is made that he be supplied with a stenographer. Under the caption 
of "Observations" a recommendation is made to change the date 
of meeting to avoid confliction with the Grand Commandery and 
the Grand Council. It is also recommended that instead of having 
a Grand Secretary that carries the responsibility of all three bodies, 
that the Grand Secretary of Grand Chapter should not be the 
same as the executive officer of the other two groups. The address 
concludes with the following: 



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"I earnestly hope that I may have done some little something during 
my term that will be of benefit in our noble and glorious work of bring- 
ing spiritual Light to those who are seeking and groping for a clearer 
understanding of the great I AM." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer is quite impressive from 
a fiscal standpoint, receipts well in advance of expenditures with a 
cash balance in the general and permanent funds of nearly 
$9,000.00 and investments in securities of $34,200.00. 

The report of the Grand Secretary informs us that the net in- 
crease in membership was 753, thirty-four of the thirty-seven chap- 
ters recording a substantial gain in membership. 

The charitable activities in North Carolina include Libraries 
in two Masonic Homes for Orphans and an undertaking to build 
a chapel for the York Rite Memorial Home. Truly a most laudable 
programme when combined with the work of the Educational 
Loan Committee which has a fund of $73,350.00 for loans to 
youths in attaining a higher education. 

J. Edward Allen prefaces his Reviews of other jurisdictions 
with a carefully prepared reference to conditions throughout the 
Capitular realm. He speaks of conditions today as compared to 
1927 and while we do not altogether agree with his somewhat 
poignant references we find his comment interesting, entertaining 
and worthy of consideration. The balance of his report is com- 
posed of historical references to Royal Arch Masonry which are 
most illuminative and educational. Congratulations Comp. Allen 
we have enjoyed your report immensely. 

Charles C. Richer was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, while M. F. McKell was re-elected and invested as Grand 
Secretary. Canada's representative is W. G. Bandy, while North 
Carolina's representative in Canada as already noted is A. G. Tip- 
per. 

NORTH DAKOTA 

Carl M. Ness— Grand High Priest. 

Walter L. Stockwell— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-24, Membership-2,523, Gain-160. 

The Fifty-Ninth Convocation held in Fargo, January 20-21, 1948, 
with M. Ex. Comp. Ness presiding. 



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After the formal opening the Star and Stripes together with the 
Union Jack were presented at the altar. 

A reception of distinguished visitors brought to the fore leaders 
of the Royal Arch from Iowa, South Dakota, Montana and Min- 
nesota. Associate bodies represented were Royal and Select Mas- 
ters and Knights Templar followed by M. Wor. Bro. Verne Wells, 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. It is noteworthy that a dele- 
gation from Canadian Grand Chapters was also present including 
the Grand First Principal of Saskatchewan, Past Grand First Prin- 
cipal Frank E. Simmons of Manitoba and the Grand Superintendent 
of District No. 14 from the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

A most cordial welcome was accorded the guests, who, of 
course, were received with the customary Grand Honors. 

Twenty-five Grand Chapters were represented by their Grand 
Representatives, Comp. Clifford E. Miller, doing the honors for 
Canada. Ten Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. 

Grand High Priest Ness presented a short, pithy report on the 
activities of the year. Very interesting and refreshingly brief and 
to the point. In his opening remarks he referred to the progress of 
Grand Chapter for the past 58 years and had this to say: 

"We may well ask ourselves whether as Masons, we have contrihuted 
our share to make our several communities a better place in which to 
live. Let us not be derelict in our duty as citizens and as Masons." 

After a reference to his chapter visitations M. Ex. Comp. Ness 
spoke feelingly of the loss sustained through death. Among his 
visits to other jurisdictions we note his remarks as to his reception 
in the Canadian Grand Chapters of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 
It is to be hoped that one of these fine days North Dakota may 
journey still farther afield and visit the Mother Grand Chapter of 
Canada, we assure a warm welcome. 

Reference is made to Joint Convocations. These we presume 
function similarly to our Chapters of Instruction which are held in 
various Districts each year. 

Dispensations were few and relatively unimportant. 

In a few well-chosen words the Grand High Priest closed a 
nice address with an expression of appreciation for the assistance 
rendered by M. Ex. Comp. Walter Stockwell. 



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Finances according to Grand Treasurer Bloldon appear sound 
with receipts well in advance of disbursements and total assets of 
$7,933.00. 

We always enjoy reading the report of the Grand Secretary 
which besides furnishing the usual statistics carries worth-while 
commentaries on general conditions. We are particularly impressed 
by this extract: 

"Our deep and abiding interest in Masonry in its various branches 
and orders is not because of the number of degrees, but in the impres- 
sive symbolism and the basic principles taught in these degrees. If we 
had time, and you the patience, it would be helpful to emphasize some 
of these things. This may be trespassing upon the functions of the Com- 
mittee on Capitular Education, but doubtless there are companions here 
today that have not had the time or the opportunity to give serious 
consideration to the inner meaning of Royal Arch Masonry." 

A beautiful memorial to the Fraternal Dead was prepared and 
presented. It concludes with the well-beloved lines. 

"Twilight and evening bell 

And after that the dark 

And may there be no sadness of farewell 

When I embark. 

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place 

The flood may bear me far 

I hope to see my Pilot face to face 

When I have crossed the bar." 

M. Ex. Comp. Murfin presented an admirable report on Fra- 
ternal Correspondence. No reviews are included but gems of prose 
taken from here, there and yonder more than compensate for failure 
to deal with Grand Chapters individually. We excerpt one short 
paragraph which we leave with you as a meagre sample of an in- 
spiring report: 

"We feel that here lies the secret of the future success of Capitu- 
lar Masonry. Bismarck once said, "The nation that has the schools has the fu- 
ture." If Royal Arch Masonry has a broad program of inspiration and 
education they need have no fear of future developments." 

In looking through the By-Laws or Constitution of North 
Dakota we find that a Chapter failing to deliver its annual report 
with the necessary fees by January 10 is subject to a fine. Also, any 
chapter not represented by one of the Principals or a proxy at the 
Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter is subject to a fine. To an 
outsider these regulations appear to have considerable merit. 

Following the election of officers Harry G. Poulson was de- 



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clared Grand High Priest. Of course, there was no change in the 
Secretaryship, M. Ex. Comp. Stockwell continues in the office he 
fills so efficiently. 

John A. Taylor has the honor to represent North Dakota 
in Canada, while as already intimated our representative in North 
Dakota is Clifford E. Miller. 

NOVA SCOTIA 

J. S. Munro— Grand High Priest. 

H. S. Theakston— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-20, Membership-1,879, Gain-134. 

The Seventy-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Halifax, 
June 10, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Munro presiding. 

Grand Chapter having been opened in Ample Form a recep- 
tion was tendered to nine Past Grand High Priests, then followed 
Divine Service led by the Grand Chaplain R. Ex. Comp. Rev. 
E. V. Forbes who spoke from the text "Strength and Beauty Are 
in His Sanctuary." At the close of the service the offering was re- 
ceived and devoted to the Special Fund for the Blind. 

After singing the National Anthem and the Benediction, dis- 
tinguished guests were formally introduced. These included a dele- 
gation from the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick, the Grand 
Master Royal and Select Masters and M. Wor. Bro. A. H. MacMil- 
lan, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is eloquent, interesting 
and instructive. After a formal welcome to those present M. Ex. 
Comp. Munro referred to the unstable conditions prevailing since 
the close of the war. We quote a line or two: 

"War indeed is over, but Peace is still to be won or lost. The future 
looks black indeed unless we look with real faith and confidence to our 
Supreme Architect, and hope that our Statesmen and the Statesmen of 
the world may very soon accept Him as their Supreme Guide, and fashion 
their acts of statesmanship according to His teachings and His ways." 

Tn a graceful tribute to the Fraternal Dead he closes this sec- 
tion with this beautiful poetic thought: 






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"They are out of the chaos of the living, 

The wreck and the debris of the years; 
They have passed from the struggle and striving, 

They have finished their goblet of tears. 
They have ceased, one by one, from their labors, 

So we clothed them in garments of rest, 
And they entered the chamber of silence, 

God do for them now, what is best." 

A report of his many visitations clearly indicates that he gave 
unsparingly of his time and talent in the establishment of per- 
sonal contact with his companions of the constituent chapters. 

After listing his dispensations and other official acts, he spoke 
on the wisdom of carrying on Divine Service by the various chap- 
ters. 

It is most interesting to note that Nova Scotia carries on a 
most laudable humanitarian work through the agency of the Blind 
Fund. We congratulate our companions of Nova Scotia on the 
result of their efforts in this regard and quote the following from 
M. Ex. Comp. Munro's comments on this subject: 

"The need for leadership and assistance in all communities is great; 
let us, as Royal Arch Masons, not be found sitting on the side-lines when 
the opportunities are at hand and little children call for help. It is our 
duty; let us be up and at it! 

The Grand High Priest concludes a splendid address with 
words of commendation for all those who so generously assisted 
during the year. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents of the six Districts 
are well written and leave the reader with the impression that 
Royal Arch Masonry is vigorous, virile and decidedly active 
throughout the jurisdiction. 

The Grand Secretary's report shows an encouraging increase 
in membership despite a loss of 91 through death and other causes. 

From the Grand Treasurer we learn that finances appear to be 
quite comfortable and well managed. Receipts well in excess of 
disbursements and a net worth of $8,802.58 tells the story. 

When the roll of Grand Representatives was called nineteen 
responded including of course our faithful representative G. S. 
Wright. These companions were cordially welcomed and requested 



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to tender greetings and felicitations of Nova Scotia to the various 
Grand Chapters which they represented. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened June 11, 1947. A 
report of this convention is included in Nova Scotia's proceedings. 

A report from the committee in charge of the Special Fund for 
the Blind informs Grand Chapter that the work was favourably 
progressing and that the Fund at present amounted to $1,912.24. 

M. Ex. Comp. Harris referred to the proposed conference of 
the Grand Chapters of Canada, which conference was held in Otta- 
wa during the month of July. At this conference the foundation was 
laid for an organization that should very definitely advance the 
cause of the Royal Craft in this country. The second conference is 
to be held during the month of September in Toronto. 

With avidity we turn to the Capitular Review which is the 
work of a committee. From the initials after the review of our 
jurisdiction, we believe we are indebted to M. Ex. Comp. H. F. 
Sipprell for a very complete and extremely friendly summarization 
of our 1946 proceedings. Each phase of our various activities are 
fully covered by note and comment. We note his aside with refer- 
ence to the action of our Grand Chapter with reference to the 
Past Master Degree and may say that we were under the impression 
that the elimination of this degree was under consideration in Nova 
Scotia. The review closes with a verbal bouquet for our reviews 
and we take this opportunity of saying that while we do not alto- 
gether agree that the praise is merited, it nevertheless will be filed 
away in our mental archives among our priceless treasures. Thanks 
Comp. Sipprell we have enjoyed and appreciated your review. 

Following the election of officers we are pleased to note that 
Dr. P. S. Cochrane was declared and installed Grand High Priest. 
During our recent Convocation in Toronto the writer was privi- 
leged to spend sometime with M. Ex. Comp. Cochrane and we trust 
laid the foundation of a friendship which may develop with the 
passing of time. 

Our Grand Chapter is well served by G. S. Wright our Grand 
Representative in Nova Scotia, while Clarence M. Pitts of Ottawa 
capably represents Nova Scotia near our Grand Jurisdiction. 



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OHIO 

James A. Gorham— Grand High Priest. 

Mont. C. Hambright— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-200, Membership-56,049, Gain-2,498. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-First Annual Convocation held 
in Toledo, October 1-2, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Gorham pre- 
siding. 

After the opening ceremonies a colorful feature was added 
by the posting by a Knights Templar Color Guard of the United 
States and Canadian colors. The anthems of the two countries were 
sung by Comp. Morris. 

Eighteen Past Grand High Priests and fifty-seven Grand Rep- 
resentatives were formally received and greeted. As usual many 
distinguished guests graced the proceedings by their presence. 
These included the representatives from the Grand Lodge of Ohio, 
The Grand Council, Scottish Rite, General Grand Chapter and 
the Grand Commandery. The following Grand Chapters were also 
represented: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachu- 
setts, Michigan, New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, and our own Grand 
Chapter, headed by M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean and Grand Scribe E. 
Edwin Smith. It would indeed be superfluous to say that all were 
cordially welcomed and received with suitable honors. 

Forty-seven pages are required to record the annual address 
of the Grand High Priest. While lengthy it carries a compelling 
interest in a well-told story of the year's labors in the quarries of 
the Royal Craft. 

From M. Ex. Comp. Gorham's opening remarks we extract this 
thoughtful message: 

"During the past year I have felt that you wanted a living, vital 
leadership, regardless of whether it agreed with you or not so long as it, 
at least, endeavored to give, or present, the will to do. I have realized this 
and felt that, even if some of the matters stressed, or which I shall recom- 
mend, do not meet with universal approval, they are more than worth- 
while when they have the approbation of a majority." 

After a friendly greeting to those in attendance he spoke feel- 
ingly of the great loss sustained through the death of M. Ex. Comp. 
J. H. Baehr. Several pages are devoted to a record of his many ap- 
pointments and to numerous dispensations granted. These latter 



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were all of a routine character. Detailed reference is made to the 
presentation of Fifty Year Emblems and to many visitations to con- 
stituent chapters, other jurisdictions and associate bodies. Among 
these we note with pleasure his reference to visiting our Grand 
Chapter. We were more than delighted to have him with us and a 
few of us were privileged to lay the foundation of a friendship 
which we trust may be developed in the days to come. We are par- 
ticularly interested in his report on the Masonic Home, and note 
that $13,595.00 in small contributions enabled Grand Chapter to 
purchase needed equipment for the hospital. 

M. Ex. Comp. Gorham closes an admirable address with a dis- 
sertation on world conditions and the challenge to our fraternity. 
We quote from his concluding words: 

"Throughout the past generation different races, empires, kingdoms 
and provinces have arisen; apparently fulfilled their destiny and disin- 
tegrated. A study of ancient history will prove that these nations fell be- 
cause they did not meet their obligations; thus it behooves you and me 
to endeavor in every manner, shape or form to carry out the principles 
our Rite stands for." 

The Grand Secretary's report is a comprehensive survey of 
conditions throughout the jurisdiction. Losses totalled 2,033, of 
which number the Grim Reaper claimed 1,130. Notwithstanding this 
heavy deflection the net increase in membership reached the amaz- 
ing total of 2,498. 

Charles H. Gross presented a beautiful Report on Necrology 
from which we extract these poetic lines: 

"I i is not death to die; 

To leave behind this weary road. 
And midst the brotherhood on high 

To be at home with God." 

We read with much interest the historical address of M. Ex. 
Comp. J. Fairbairn Smith— it is intensely entertaining to a thought- 
ful Mason and in it we find the talented Jimmy at his very best. 
We take the liberty of quoting his closing words from a splendid 
sketch of Royal Arch Masonry: 

"That surely is also our most difficult task. Our Order, which Der- 
mott stated was the root, heart and marrow of Masonry, especially teaches 
service, fortitude and the proper application of prayer. It impresses upon 
us the great triumph of truth and inspires an undying love for home 



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and country. My Companions, remember we are Arch Masons and as the 
old Verger of Bow Church has said Arch Masons are those possessing great 
skill far beyond the ordinary and enjoying a reputation for the utmost 
integrity." 

The Capitular Review is again the product of that skilled 
Craftsman Carl W. Sperling, P.G.H.P. From a brief but entertaining 
Foreword in which he refers to the penchant so many have for 
including war references in their addresses, we quote a few words 
which give his opinion of the much talked of Russia, and while 
we agree with him to a certain point, we nevertheless, are con- 
strained to say, that in our humble opinion the devastating wars 
through which we have passed may never have materialized had we 
been strong of purpose and fully prepared for any eventuality. 
Here are his words: 

"That no country needs peace so much and wants war so little as 
Russia. What we think she wants is all she can get out of the world for 
reconstruction, by bluffing and otherwise. Let's quit talking war, let's see 
beyond the turmoil of today, then talk and preach nothing but world 
peace." 

And now let us turn to his review of Canada. As usual it is 
neighborly, complete and clearly indicates that he has carefully per- 
used our proceedings. Note and comment with generous excerpts 
from our Grand Z's address feature the review. Nothing has 
been overlooked, not even our last review which receives friendly 
mention. It is always a labor of love to review Ohio. We thorough- 
ly enjoy Comp. Sperling's literary work and this has been no ex- 
ception to the rule. Congratulations on a splendid report. 

Herbert T. Leyland was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest. Mont. C. Hambright continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened October 1, 1947. 

George J. Kohler represents Canada in Ohio, while our popu- 
lar Grand Scribe E., Edwin Smith, carries Ohio's commission near 
our Grand Chapter. 

OREGON 

August J. Stange— Grand High Priest. 
Richard H. Tusant— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-49, Membership-6,834, Gain-522. 



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The Eighty-Sixth Annual Convocation held in Portland, April 
16, 1947, M. Ex. Comp. Stange presiding. 

Following the opening exercises and prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain, fourteen Past Grand High Priests were received and 
seated in the Grand East. Oregon is fortunate indeed in having 
such a large number of Past Rulers. We in Canada can muster but 
half this number but they are all decidedly active in Grand Chapter 
affairs. 

Thirty-four Grand Representatives were also received and 
welcomed. We note with regret that Canada was not represented. 

From the visitors roster we note a delegation from the Grand 
Chapter of Washington, also the Grand Master of Grand Council 
and the Grand Commander Knights Templar were in attendance 
and formally introduced. 

Under the unusual caption of "Grand High Priest's Message" 
we find the annual address of M. Ex. Comp. Stange. Fifteen pages 
are required to record the detailed activities of the Grand High 
Priest. Opening with a graceful welcome to delegates and visitors 
the Grand High Priest followed by a reference to the far flung 
boundaries of his territory and informed his companions that he 
had travelled 7,521 miles in the performance of his official duties 
and this without any cost to Grand Chapter as he had defrayed all 
expenses. This we consider a very nice gesture but there is danger 
of establishing a precedent that may prove a financial hardship for 
those who follow in his footsteps. His commentary on conditions 
informs us that while many chapters are prospering and Grand 
Chapter records a substantial increase in membership, there are 
nevertheless a number of chapters that require immediate attention 
to prevent them from a slow death. The reasons he assigns for the 
poor showing are not new. Summed up briefly— poor ritualistic 
work, inefficient and disinterested officers and little or no entertain- 
ment. To offset this somewhat pessimistic comment we note that 
two new chapters have been instituted under most favourable 
auspices. M. Ex. Comp. Stange speaks sympathetically of those who 
during the year passed from this earthly sphere. It is rather interest- 
ing to read of his many visits both within and beyond the confines of 
Oregon. He carefully outlines each in a graphic manner and there 
can be no doubt that he was not derelict in his duty in this regard. 

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the majority were to permit the waiving of the statutory time for 
reports of investigating committees. This strikes this correspondent 
as suggestive of a very unusual desire on the part of these chapters 
to admit new material. However, this is merely an outsider's impres- 
sion and may be far from the actual facts. 

Among the Grand High Priest's recommendations is one which 
we had hoped would not be necessary. He recommends that the 
tendency toward horse-play in the Past Master and Royal Arch 
degrees be reduced to a reasonable minimum. We ask pardon for 
the interjection, that while in Canada we know little of the Past 
Masters degree we consider the Holy Royal Arch much too sublime 
for the introduction of horse-play no matter how limited. Dignity 
and precision will impress a candidate but rough tactics will un- 
doubtedly disgust the candidate and leave him with little respect 
for this branch of Masonry. We in Canada insist on a dignified 
presentation of this beautiful degree and will not tolerate any levity 
or suggestion of horse-play. We are sure you will forgive this lengthy 
aside but this recommendation hits us in a rather vulnerable spot. 

After a glowing tribute to the Grand Secretary and other officers 
M. Ex. Comp. Stange closes a very nice address. 

Grand Treasurer Davis informs us that receipts were $10,397.00, 
disbursements $7,977.00 with investments totalling $16,000.00. 
Truly a very comfortable fiscal position. 

The Grand Secretary's report clearly indicates that generally 
speaking there is evidence of great activity in the Royal Arch in 
Oregon. One chapter reports 60 candidates, another 42 and several 
from 29 to 31. Sixteen chapters record a gain of 10% or better. 

Dual membership is permitted and widely practiced in Canada 
but in many American jurisdictions dual membership is not per- 
mitted. By resolution Oregon amended its constitution at this 
Convocation to permit Companions to hold membership in more 
than one chapter. 

Lloyd L. Scott is Oregon's reviewer and while he does not 
follow the beaten path he nevertheless presents a sparkling report. 
He quotes sparingly from one or two Grand Chapters, deals in 
general statistics and throughly covers the whole field in a very 
limited space. 

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Tusant was re-elected Grand Secretary while the city of Pendleton 
was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Canada is well represented by Fred. A. Purdin while William E. 
Tregenza represents Oregon near our Grand Jurisdiction. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

Chas. F. Weeks— Grand High Priest. 

J. C. F. Kitselman— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-153, Membership-35,559, Gain-1,975. 

Quarterly Convocation held in Philadelphia March 6, 1947 
with M. Ex. Comp. Weeks presiding. 

Representatives of Grand Lodge, Knights Templar, Red Cross 
of Constantine and the Scottish Rite were in attendance, as also, 
were thirty-three Grand Representatives all of whom were formally 
received. 

This Convocation was largely confined to receiving the 
quarterly administrative reports. 

Quarterly held June 5, 1947 under the direction of the Grand 
High Priest. After dealing with routine matters Grand Chapter was 
closed in Ample Form. 

Quarterly held September 4, 1947, M. Ex. Comp. Weeks in the 
chair. After the usual reception of reports, Past Grand High Priest 
David J. Davis delivered an eloquent Memorial to the memory of 
the late Albert T. Hanley, Past Grand High Priest and Grand 
Treasurer. It is with profound sorrow that we in Canada learn of 
the passing of that distinguished and lovable Companion. The 
writer has happy memories of Comp. Hanley's visits to our Grand 
Chapter and learned to admire and respect our late Companion as 
an expert Craftsman, a scholar and a gentleman. We share the loss 
with Pennsylvania in the death of this outstanding Mason. In his 
death truly one of the great cedars of Lebanon has fallen. May his 
virtues never be forgotten and may we keep evergreen the memory 
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Quarterly held December 4th, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Weeks 
on the Throne. Many visitors were present and cordially welcomed. 
These included the Grand Master of Grand Lodge and represent- 
atives from the Grand Chapters of New York, Rhode Island, Con- 
necticut, Virginia, Ohio, Maine, Illinois, New Jersey, Delaware, 
District of Columbia, West Virgina, Nevada and Canada represented 
by our Grand Z. F. W. Dean. Associate bodies present included, 
Grand Council, Knights Templar, Red Cross of Constantine and 
the Scottish Rite. Forty -five Sister Jurisdictions were present in the 
persons of their duly accredited Grand Representatives. 

M. Ex. Comp. Weeks delivered his annual address. This con- 
sisted of an accounting of his stewardship and an itemized record of 
his many official acts. After a pleasant word for all present, he 
stated that the year's objectives were reached and a revision of the 
Constitution, the creation of a philanthropic enterprise, the recog- 
nition of Royal Arch Masons of fifty or more years standing and a 
new ceremony for the Order of High Priesthood had been ac- 
complished or were well advanced toward completion. 

In commenting on the success attained he quoted the well 
known lines of Kipling— 

"It's not the individual or the army as a whole, 
But the everlasting teamwork of every bloomin' soul." 

Under Necrology he spoke feelingly of the great loss sustained 
by the activities of the Grim Reaper and used these poetic words— 

"We'll softly say a fond farewell, 

For just a little while, 

For soon, we know, we'll meet and greet 

Our loved ones with a smile. 

Help us, O Lord, to truly say, 

'Thy will on earth be done'; 

Help us, like Him to keep the faith 

Till the crown of life is won." 

Visitations are all set forth and a perusal of this section of the 
report would indicate that Comp. Weeks has been a very busy man. 
Dispensations were few and of no unusual interest. After a timely 
word to the constituent chapters with reference to their finances, he 
closes a very informative address with these words— 

"All our aims have been toward one objective— the betterment of Grand 
Chapter, with no thought of personal glory and whatever success has been 
ours, must be shared by all. When the time comes when the shades are 
drawn and there's the smell of flowers, soft footsteps and the crunching of 
wheels in the park, just make the ceremony brief and the epitaph to read 
"He tried to do his best." 



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The Report of the Grand Treasurer informs us that receipts 
and disbursements about balance. Investments valued at $146,463.00 
with a Memorial Trust Fund of $23,400.00 indicates a comfortable 
fiscal position. 

As usual the Report on Correspondence is the product of a 
Committee and it would appear that we are indebited to Comp. 
W. H. Michaels for a generous and neighbourly review of Canada. 

Our 1947 Convocation is well reported with note and comment 
on our various activities. Nothing seems to have escaped the scrutin- 
izing eye of Comp. Michaels who quoted liberally from our Grand 
Z's address and also from the reports of our several committees. He 
even finds space for the following comment on our last review— 

"And now, for what is always the feature of Canada Proceedings. Any- 
one who wants the story of Royal Arch Masonry in the United States and 
the British Empire for 1947 can find it in the Canada Proceedings." 

The change in correspondents is noted and while we cannot 
pay too great a tribute to the literary ability of John M. Core, we 
congratulate Pennsylvania on having a writer so talented as Comp. 
Michaels to carry on and hold aloft the high standard of quality 
established these many years by his predecessor in office. Hearty 
congratulations on a magnificent review. 

Following the election of officers Charles F. Weeks was returned 
to office as Grand High Priest while John C. F. Kitselman was 
re-elected and invested as Grand Secretary. 

Canada was represented in Pennsylvania by the late Samuel 
Shaw while L. F. Stephens, K.C. of Hamilton carries the commission 
of the Keystone State near our Grand Chapter. 

QUEBEC 

A. J. Osgoode— Grand First Principal. 

W. W. Williamson-Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-24, Membership-2,723, Gain-135. 

The Seventieth Annual Convocation held in Montreal March 
24, 1948, with Grand First Principal Osgood presiding. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form with seven Past 
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The following distinguished guests were received and fraternally 
greeted, M. Ex. Comp. R. W. Copeland of Massachusetts, Deputy 
Grand High Priest Frank A. Lobee, New York, M. Ex. Comp. R. 
Berry, Maine, and our own Grand Z, M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean. 

This correspondent always enjoys reviewing our Sister pro- 
vince, historic old Quebec. Familiar Masonic titles, well-known 
names, old friends, all contribute to our pleasure in perusing the 
proceedings of Quebec. 

The address of our good friend M. Ex. Comp. Osgood 
measures up to our expectations. Carefully prepared and noticeably 
free from those banalities so often found in similar addresses, the 
Grand Z. not only presents a resume of his year's work, but covers 
administrative matters in a clear-cut business-like manner. His 
address is studded with poetic jewels and lofty thoughts beautifully 
expressed. From his opening remarks we excerpt the following. 

"Masonry, through its individual members, has a tremendous responsi- 
bility; for by the practice of the fundamental teachings of our Order, we 
as individuals, by example and precept, can show the way to a brighter 
and better world. Every man has a gift within himself, call it personality 
or whatever you like." 

''If you would seek a better world to find, 
Leave not its shape for other men to mould; 
And give to others gifts you now withhold, 
Give of yourself in thought and word and deed." 

After an otimistic reference to the Royal Craft he pays tribute 
to the fraternal dead with a special comment on the passing of those 
pillars of the Craft M. Ex. Comp. A. B. J. Moore and M. Ex. Comp. 
Duncan McLellan. We tender our deepest sympathy in the loss of 
these distinguished Crafstmen. The late M. Ex. Comp. and M. 
Wor. Bro. McLellan was our Grand Representative and a valued 
friend whose death came to us as a distinct shock. We share with 
Quebec the loss of these two companions whom we have loved long 
since and lost awhile. M. Ex. Comp. Osgood concludes this 
section by quoting Bulwer Lytton's gem. 

"There is no death! The stars go down 

To rise upon some fairer shore; 

And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown 

They shine forevermore. 

And ever near us, though unseen 

The dear immortal spirits tread 

For all the boundless universe 

Is life— There are no dead." 



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The Grand Z. enumerates his appointments and we note that 
he assumes the commission as our Grand Representative and we 
are constrained to say that this is indeed an appointment that will 
meet with favour by his many friends in Ontario. 

Among his visitations we find a graceful reference to his visit 
to our London Convocation where we were most happy to greet 
him with his escort M. Ex. Comp. Walter Williamson who is a 
perennial visitor to our Grand Chapter and dearly beloved by us all. 

After a report on the conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 
in Ottawa he concludes a sterling address with these sage comments. 

"Masonry leads on to something as vast as the wide world, as wide as 
the spirit of man, it leads on to the very throne of God. 

"What we are doing is to fit man for life, fit him for death, and fit him 
for immortality." 

The comprehensive report of the Grand Scribe E. records an 
encouraging increase in membership and revenue. 

The Grand Treasurer's report leaves the reader with the 
thought that Quebec's fiscal affairs are sound and well managed. 
Receipts in excess of disbursements with a Benevolent Fund of 
$1,511.00 and a total net worth of $41,835.00 provide the high-lights 
of the report. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents prove intensely in- 
teresting and as usual provide a pen picture of conditions through- 
out the jurisdiction. The key note of these reports may be summed 
up in these words keen interest, activity, enthusiasm and loyalty to 
the Royal Craft. 

From a complimentary report on the Grand Z's address we note 
the comment that the committee regret that at the Conference of 
Canadian Grand Chapters Quebec was not represented in the 
first Executive Committee of that organization. This appeals to us as 
a rather serious oversight and one that should be corrected at the 
next conference. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. }. Edwards again writes the Capitular Review. 

From an eloquent and inspiring Foreword we extract the 
closing lines of a dissertation on Masonic responsibilities. 

"Assuredly as history is shaped not only by great events, but by the 
cumulative effect of the thought, work and behavior of each ordinary 
individual every ordinary day— so we, my Companions, must realize that our 
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For it is still true that: 

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts not breaths; 

In feelings, not in figures on a dial. 

We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives 

Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." 

And now we turn to his review of our Grand Chapter. He 
gives full and accurate covering to our 1947 Convocation with 
liberal extracts from our Grand Z's address, comments on finances 
and membership and generally accords us neighbourly and indeed 
generous consideration. We would be remiss in our duty should we 
fail to acknowledge his friendly reference to our last review. May 
we say M . Ex. Sir that your words are as music to our ears. Review- 
ing fifty or more jurisdictions year after year becomes slightly 
monotonous, yet we find full compensation in the development of 
many and at times long-range friendships. As usual reviewing 
Quebec has been a delightful and satisfying experience. Many 
thanks. 

We note the election of another good friend to the office of 
Grand Z. and predict continued prosperity under the leadership of 
Norman D. Hill. As to be expected Walter W. Williamson continues 
as Grand Scribe E. 

As already noted A. J. Osgood keeps a friendly eye on our 
interests in Quebec while the writer enjoys the privilege of carrying 
the commission of Quebec near our Grand Chapter. 

QUEENSLAND 

R. N. F. Quinn— First Grand Principal. 
S. W. Coulter— Grand Scribe E. 
Chapters-Ill, Membership-5,000, Gain-400. 

Regular Convocation held in Brisbane, April 3, 1947, with 
M. Ex. Comp. Quinn presiding. 

After opening Grand Chapter in Ample Form the roll-call of 
Grand Representatives resulted in a response by thirty Companions 
including J. Shirra, Sr. who answered for Canada. It is noteworthy 
that all of the Grand Representatives who were absent sent a writ- 
ten apology. This is a courtesy that is generally overlooked by ab- 
sentees in Canadian jurisdictions. 



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M. Ex. Comp. Quinn's address free from banalities carries a 
stimulating message which is much appreciated by this correspon- 
dent. A few lines are quoted as a small sample of the sage advice 
which the Grand Z leaves with his Companions: 

"Nature works slowly with ages at her disposal, but man is always in 
a hurry, as his time is limited, consequently, he must apply himself to 
the task, if anything worthwhile is to be accomplished, and the rule "Do 
it now" becomes a necessity. Today is ours— tomorrow is a closed book." 

"It may not be possible to make a gift of happiness to man, but it is 
possible to give him the opportunity of winning happiness for himself." 

"The future depends very largely upon the people who think for 
themselves; cultivate this habit, it will lead to a definite advance toward 
the supremacy of Right, and its becoming the established rule of civilized 
conduct and intercourse." 

"Look forward; not to the triumph or failures of any nation or party, 
but to the ultimate destiny of man." 

Report of the formation of a new chapter to be named Sir 
Wylie Norman Chapter was dealt with and a charter granted to 
the petitioners. 

The financial statement was presented and it is interesting to 
note that receipts were far in excess of disbursements and that 
Grand Chapter is carrying a comfortable balance in the bank and 
in investments. 

After an eloquent and decidedly informative address by the 
Grand Lecturer on the early days of Free Masonry Grand Chapter 
closed in Ample Form. 

On October 1, 1947, Grand Chapter again assembled under 
the leadership of M. Ex. Comp. Quinn and dealt with administra- 
tive reports. From an impressive memorial to the memory of the 
late R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Diamond, we extract these lines: 

"Softly comes life's evening twilight 

Gently stealing o'er our head, 
Bringing after Life's stern struggle 

Peace, that glorifies the dead." 

Another sterling address by the Grand Z. features the record 
of this Convocation. Would that space permitted us to quote gen- 
erously from this literary epic, but we must content ourselves with 
these few words: 

"Making friends, and retaining them, supplemented by personal con- 
tact is of the highest value; it is a great power-use it-cherish it-and the 
world is at your feet." 



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That the Royal Arch is a vigorous, virile body in Queensland 
cannot be denied. New Chapters are being formed and throughout 
the jurisdiction there is every evidence of activity, interest and en- 
thusiasm. Queensland includes New Guinea and New Britain and 
embraces a territory of a million square miles. 

That reviews by other Grand Chapters are appreciated is evi- 
denced by the report of the committee dealing with Foreign Cor- 
respondence. This report carries a verbatim quotation from a few 
jurisdictions which have a strong appeal for our Australian Com- 
panions. 

We note that Grand Chapter and the constituent chapters 
contribute to a "Food for Britain" Fund. Nearly $2,500.00 had been 
contributed at the time this report was made and additional dona- 
tions were still being made. In addition food parcels are being sent 
by individual chapters and in the words of the report "the magni- 
tude of the response is amazing." 

From a report by R. Ex. Comp. J. Shirra, Sr., we learn that 
the Board of Benevolence have increased the assets of the fund to a 
total of some $50,000.00. Truly this is a magnificent effort. 

At this Convocation the election of officers was held and as is 
customary M. Ex. Comp. Quinn was the unanimous choice as 
Grand Z., while the Grand Scribe E. continues in office. 

After announcing his many appointments M. Ex. Comp. Quinn 
closed Grand Chapter in Ample Form. 

It would be very remiss for us to close this review without a 
word of thanks to R. Ex. Comp. J. Shirra, Sr., who has for many 
years faithfully served as our Grand Representative in Queensland. 
Neil A. MacEachren is privileged to represent Queensland in 
Canada. 

RHODE ISLAND 

Howard M. Arnold— Grand High Priest. 

Edward M. Wheeler— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters- 15, Membership-5,427, Loss- 120. 

The One Hundred and Fiftieth Annual Convocation held in 
Providence, March 11, 1947. 



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M. Ex. Comp. Arnold opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form 
with prayer at the altar by the Grand Chaplain. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests and thirty-eight Grand Rep- 
resentatives were formally received and welcomed. It is noted with 
regret that Canada's representative failed to respond. Distinguished 
guests hailing from neighbouring jurisdictions were received and 
fittingly introduced. These included delegations from Maine, New 
Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. 
Associate bodies also were well represented including the Scottish 
Rite, Grand Commandery and the Grand Council. 

M. Ex. Comp. Arnold delivered a most interesting address. 
After his introductory remarks he spoke feelingly of the Fraternal 
dead with a special reference to the passing of M. Ex. Comp. J. A. 
Rogers, P.G.H.P., and M. Wor. Bro. A. F. Rose, Past Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge. This section of the address closes with these 
lines: 

"We must not think of them as dead, 
Who walk with us no more; 
Along the path of life we tread, 
They have but gone before." 

Appointments and dispensations are fully set forth, the latter 
were few in number and comparatively unimportant. The Grand 
High Priest enumerated his visits both within and beyond the 
jurisdiction of Rhode Island. He pays tribute to the officers of 
Grand Chapter for their loyal support and closes a fine address by 
recommending an appropriation of $300.00 for travelling expenses 
for those attending the General Grand Chapter. 

Following the address of the Grand High Priest the various 
officers of Grand Chapter each rendered an individual report of 
their activities for the year. While this practice is followed in a 
number of Grand Chapters, we in Canada have few reports of this 
nature. 

The Grand Secretary in his report explains the loss in mem- 
bership. This is largely due to recent legislation which provides for 
the automatic dropping of members whose dues are in arrears for 
two years or more. This being the first year that this regulation 
has been in force it naturally follows that an abnormally large 
number of members were so effected. R. Ex. Comp. Wheeler 
suggests that having purged the rolls this year of many delinquents 



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that from now on the new regulation should not seriously effect 
their membership advance. 

Finances appear in a healthy condition as indicated in the 
Grand Treasurer's report, the outstanding feature of which is the 
recording of total assets of $24,002.00. 

Grand Lecturer James A. Hawes completes twenty-five years 
service in that position by presenting an admirable report con- 
cluding with these words— 

"With every good wish and hope that this grand Chapter may pros- 
per, that York Rite Masonry may flourish and serve mankind in the ad- 
vancement of our belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of 
Man." 

The Grand Secretary writes the report on Foreign Correspond- 
ence. He provides interesting statistics of the various Grand 
Chapters fifty-one of which were reviewed by him. He states that 
every Grand Jurisdiction recorded an increase in membership with 
the exception of Rhode Island and for this there was a very good 
reason as deaths and suspensions accounted for a loss of 271 
members. 

We extract the following from his report— 

"The following edict of the Grand High Priest of New Jersey, and 
later concurred in by the Grand Chapter, is interesting: It prohibits the 
use of "Code Books" and other printed or written portions of the esoteric 
work by officers during the conferring of the degrees, "and also the display 
of such items by any Companion during the conferring of the degrees." 

This correspondent is heartily in accord with this edict. In 
Canada the use of copies of the work in the chapter room during 
the conferring of a degree is absolutely prohibited. 

The election of officers resulted in Warren A. Sherman being 
advanced to the office of Grand High Priest. Edward M. Wheeler 
was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

Canada is represented in Rhode Island by Norris G. Abbot 
while Edward H. Brennan plays a like role for Rhode Island near 
our Grand Jurisdiction. 



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SASKATCHEWAN 

George W. Lythgoe— Grand Z. 

Alfred A. Wilson— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-25, Membership-2,146, Gain- 184. 

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Convocation held in Regina May 
23rd, 1947. Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by the 
Grand Z. who tendered a cordial welcome to distinguished visitors 
from the Grand Chapters of Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota 
and Alberta. 

Fourteen Past Grand Z's and thirty-one Grand Representatives 
were in attendance. Among the latter we note M. Ex. Comp. Lome 
Johnson our faithful representative in Saskatchewan. 

After a civic welcome tendered by Comp. Hugh McGillivary, 
Mayor of Regina, the Grand Z. delivered his annual address. In 
masterly fashion M. Ex. Comp. Lythgoe outlined the activities of 
the year interspersing with his administrative report most interest- 
ing comments on world conditions. From this inspiring section 
we quote a few lines taken at random from his all-too-true comments. 

"We are assembled today and look with retrospect at the serious state 
of the civilized world. It is the duty of each and every one of us to strive 
to our utmost to guide the thoughts and desires of mankind to a safe and 
sane conclusion, to watch diligently with great care against the subversive 
elements which are tending to undermine our national life. 

"In everv country of Europe, in Asia, India, Egypt, Palestine, Great 
Britain and the countries of this great American Continent, there is not 
a body of men or women today whose minds are not disturbed by the peace 
destroying forces of party strife. Greed and covetousness are as evident 
today as were sympathy and understanding during the war years." 

"The sooner we rid ourselves of the tendency of hating anything which 
is not strictly in accordance with our own views, the sooner we will be on 
the way to real brotherhood." 

"The war was scarcely over when the whole structure of one united 
family came toppling to the ground. In the words of Anthony Eden "We 
have won the war but not the peace." 

"Britain has always been ready and willing to meet any emergency 
and defend our way of life against outside forces seeking to destroy it. We 
owe her our utmost support, and a debt of gratitude which can never be 
paid by many generations to come." 

In chronological order the Grand Z. enumerates his many 
visits to constituent chapters and other Grand Chapters. We note 
with pleasure his reference to visiting our Grand Chapter and may 
say that we were delighted to have him with us. After listing his 



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appointments and dispensations M. Ex. Comp. Lythgoe completes 
an excellent address with a word of commendation for the assistance 
rendered by the Grand Scribe E and other officers. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we learn that receipts were 
in excess of expenditures with a cash balance in Grand Chapter's 
favor of $2,163.12. 

The Grand Scribe E's report indicates an increase in member- 
ship in which all but three chapters participated. 

As usual the reports of the various Grand Superintendents 
furnish a picture of conditions throughout the jurisdiction. They 
are all written in an optimistic vein and convey the thought that 
good-will, increased activity and harmony prevail. 

Following an established custom Honorary Membership was 
conferred upon a number of honored guests. 

The Committee on the Fraternal Dead presented a graceful 
tribute to those "we have loved long since and lost awhile" 
concluding with the comforting words of the Omnipotent One 
who said— 

"Come unto Me all ye who labour and are 
heavy laden and I will give you rest." 

Saskatchewan does not publish a report or review on Fraternal 
Relations. 

Dr. J. E. Nunn was elected and duly installed as Grand Z., 
Alfred A. Wilson was re-invested as Grand Scribe E. Saskatoon was 
selected as the next place of meeting. 

Our Grand Chapter as already noted is represented in Saskatch- 
ewan by Lome Johnson while Alex. Sollitt of Peterboro, carries the 
commission of Saskatchewan near our Grand Chapter. 

SCOTLAND 

Major R. H. F. Moncreiff-Grand Z. 

Sir Charles M. Barclay-Harvey— Deputy Grand Z. 

George A. Howell— Grand Scribe E. 

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Quarterly held in Edinburgh September 1947 with M. Ex. 
Comp. Moncreiff on the Throne. After the ceremonial opening the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies introduced the First Principal of 
Chapter Demerara, Georgetown, Demerara and a representative from 
Mossman Chapter, Sydney, Australia. Both were warmly greeted 
by the Grand Z. R. J. MacKenzie of Demerara presented the Grand 
Scribe E. with a gold mounted walking stick- 
On December 5, 1947, the Supreme Committee presented the 
financial report. A perusal of this statement clearly indicates that 
fiscal affairs are sound, receipts in excess of disbursements and a 
healthy fund for Benevolent purposes. Two petitions one from 
New South Wales were received and charters granted for the forma- 
tion of new chapters. Reports of the various Grand Superintendents 
were received and found very entertaining. 

Quarterly December 19, 1947 with the Grand Z. presiding. 
After opening in Ample Form the Grand Z. welcomed a visitor from 
Quetta Chapter India. It is only when reading about Australia, 
South Africa, India and other far-flung outposts of the Empire that 
one really appreciates the vastness of the territory in which the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland operates. After dealing with 
routine reports Grand Chapter was closed in Ample Form. 

Quarterly held February 20, 1948 with the Grand Z. in the 
chair. This meeting dealt with administrative reports and nomina- 
tions for office bearers for 1948-49. We note that Sir C. M. Barclay- 
Harvey was nominated First Grand Principal while George A. 
Howell was again nominated for the position of Grand Scribe E. 
As an evidence of appreciation for his splendid service to the Royal 
Craft it was recommended that Comp. Howell's portrait be painted 
and hung in the halls of Grand Chapter. 

Quarterly March 5, 1948 with M. Ex. Comp. Moncreiff presid- 
ing. At this Convocation the election of officers was held and 
confirmed the nominations submitted at the February session. 
From the information before us we learn that as expected Sir C. M. 
Barclay-Harvey was duly elected and later installed in the high and 
important office of First Grand Principal. 

Following the elections and after dealing with further com- 
mittee reports Grand Chapter closed in Ample Form. 

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assumed the commission on the death of that sterling Craftsman 
W. H. Wardrope, K.G. who for years represented Scotland. Canada 
is fortunate indeed in having in Scotland such a worthy represent- 
ative as the Earl of Lauderdale. 



SOUTH CAROLINA 

W. C. Sheely— Grand High Priest. 

O. Frank Hart— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters - 30, Membership - 3106, Gain-226. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-Fifth Annual Convocation held 
in Charleston, April 21, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Sheely in the chair. 

After the opening ceremonies eight Past Grand High Priests 
and thirty-two Grand Representatives were officially received. 

Honored guests fraternally greeted included C. Vernon Eddy, 
P.G.H.P. of Virginia, Charles F. Middleton, Grand Master of the 
Grand Council and Grand Commander G. J. Knobeloch of the 
Knights Templar. 

The address of Grand High Priest Sheely is not lengthy, free 
from platitudes and gives a clear-cut concise record of his official 
acts. 

After a formal greeting to those present and an announcement 
of his appointments to the corps of Grand Representatives, he re- 
ferred in feeling terms to the loss through death among the member- 
ship. 

Speaking under the caption of "State of the Craft" he detailed 
the great activity in the chapters and stated that many applicants 
were "knocking at the door." He emphasized the desirability of 
holding the interest of these many new companions. With this com- 
ment we are heartily in accord and may say that this is a challenge to 
Royal Arch Masonry the world over. 

Referring to the splendid financial position of Grand Chapter, 
he stated that a new agreement had been entered into with Grand 
Lodge for a yearly rental of $240.00. 

He reviewed conditions in a new chapter under dispensation 
which aDparently was organized under most favourable auspices. Dis- 



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pensations are not listed as M. Ex. Comp. Sheely stated that these 
were all purely routine in character. 

Visitations are given full coverage while among his several re- 
commendations we note one to waive chapter dues in the case of 
clergymen. In Canada these companions of the cloth are usually 
required to pay dues similar to all other members. 

A very fine address is concluded with a commentary on the 
splendid service rendered by the officers Past and Present. 

In perusing the report of the Grand Treasurer we learn that 
assets are $28,237.84 with a "Relief Fund" of $640.85. 

O. Frank Hart, P.G.H.P. as Grand Secretary also presented a 
very favourable report, the high-light of which is an increase of 226 
in membership. 

The report of the "Committee on Fraternal Relations" is pre- 
faced by the following which is a rather general comment through- 
out the realm of Capitularism. We quote: 

"The Capitular world is enjoying a period of harmony and success in its 
field of service. There is a cordial relationship everywhere." 

Henry F. Collins is the Fraternal Correspondent. His Foreword 
contains a tabulated record of the jurisdictions under review and he 
has this to say about fiscal conditions: 

'"With very few minor exceptions all Jurisdictions are enjoying a period 
of numerical and financial prosperity. Still a few seem unable to live within 
their income. It seems to us that now is the time for all to set their fin- 
ancial houses in order." 

With this comment we are in hearty accord. 

Canada is favourably reviewed with extracts from our Grand 
Z's address. He particularly refers to M. Ex. Comp. Conover's state- 
ment that "the church and Masonry are on one side while the ex- 
ponents of the totalitarian type of government provide the opposi- 
tion." Comp. Collins comment on the church is quite obvious and 
we quite agree that M. Ex. Comp. Conover had certain reservations 
in mind when referring to "the church." 

We appreciate the kind reference to our last review and regret 
with Comp. Collins that South Carolina was not included. However, 
we should say that the proceedings of South Carolina did not reach 



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us in time for inclusion. We shall not offend again Comp. Collins 
provided we receive a copy of your proceedings. Thanks for a most 
friendly review. 

After the election of officers Hugh N. Layne was installed as 
Grand High Priest. O. Frank Hart was elected and invested as 
Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at 2.30 p.m. April 21. 

According to the proceedings before us the Commission of Can- 
ada's Grand Representative is at present open but no doubt an ap- 
pointment will shortly be made. Herbert F. Thomson is privileged 
to represent South Carolina in Canada. 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

Ray S. Beauvais — Grand High Priest. 

Elvin F. Strain — Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-33, Membership-3,048, Gain-238. 

The Fifty-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Lead, October 
21, 1947. 

Grand Chapter was formally opened by M. Ex. Comp. Beauvais 
followed by prayer by the Grand Chaplain and the ceremony of 
presenting the colors. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance while 
twenty-five Sister Jurisdictions were represented by their accredited 
representatives to South Dakota. Many distinguished visitors were 
present hailing from the Grand Chapters of Iowa, Montana, Minne- 
sota and Wyoming. General Grand Chapter, the Grand Council 
and Knights Templar bodies were also represented. 

The Grand Lodge of South Dakota was present in the person 
of the M. Wor. the Grand Master R.R. Twamley. All were accorded 
a hearty welcome and received with the customary Grand Honors. 

The address of Grand High Priest Beauvais is anything but 
lengthy yet in five pages he covers much territory and leaves with 
the reader a fairly accurate record of the year's work. Owing to ill- 
ness M. Ex. Comp. Beauvais stated that he had not been permitted 
to carry on with the activity that he had planned when assuming 
office. He spoke of his visit to the Grand Chapter of Manitoba 



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where Dr. Bailey the Gra'nd First Principal referred to his annual 
address as the most boring part of the proceedings. Taking his cue 
from Dr. Bailey M. Ex. Comp. Beauvais announced that he was not 
going to bore his Companions by reading his address which would 
be printed and distributed. 

After listing his dispensations which were few in number and 
comparatively unimportant, he announced his appointments to the 
Corps of Grand Representatives and then referred to the presenta- 
tion of Fifty Year Certificates to two veterans of the Royal Arch. 

Visitations both within and beyond his own jurisdiction are 
fully recorded and we suggest that despite his illness the Grand High 
Priest certainly was not derelict in his duty to either his constituent 
chapters or other jurisdictions to which he had accepted invitations. 

It is interesting to learn that in South Dakota they have what 
is termed Spring and Fall Festivals. These apparently are held in 
the larger chapters and small chapters are encouraged to bring their 
candidates to these festivals where the degrees are conferred on can- 
didates from many small chapters. This is something entirely foreign 
to Canadian Masonry and it would appear to this correspondent, 
that such procedure would result in loss of interest on the part of 
officers in the smaller chapters and it is quite conceivable that the 
conferring of degrees in the smaller units would in time become a 
lost art. Without too much information as to conditions our com- 
ment is merely that of an outsider. 

M. Ex. Comp. Beauvais closes a model address with words of 
praise for the splendid support rendered by the Grand Secretary. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicates that expenses and 
revenue just about balance while investments in Government Bonds 
amount to $5000:00. 

Under the caption of "Condition of the Rite" the Grand Secre- 
tary informs us that nineteen chapters recorded a gain in member- 
ship, seven no gain or loss and seven chapters suffered a net loss. De- 
spite a somewhat heavy loss through death and other causes the gain 
of Grand Chapter was 238 members. 

The Jurisprudence Committee issued a directive to the Grand 
High Priest that in future the chairman of the committee shall have 
placed before him ten days in advance of Grand Chapter a record 
of the Grand High Priest's official acts. This seems reasonable as 



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:hey then have ample time to study the legal aspects of his decisions 
and recommendations. 

From an eloquent report on "Memorials" we extract the follow- 
ing all-too-true words. 

"If we want the future to be as well assured as the past we must be dil- 
igent in imparting lessons that lead to the building of good character and 
holy endeavor. We can not build a good future on less. The demands of 
today are indeed heavy and sometimes cruel. "Cure Thy children's warring 
madness" O God of Hosts! Give us poise of heart and mind. When did the 
world ever as much as now need the lesson of the "just wage." When wa? 
the "traditional law" more needed in its finest interpretation. When has it 
ever been that men in places of authority needed to be masters in the art of 
being a Master." 

Although Past Grand High Priest Robert S. Hart is listed as 
Reviewer we regret to note that no report or reviews appear in the 
proceedings. 

William S. Sonday was elected and installed Grand High Priest. 
Elvin F. Strain continues as Grand Secretary and Aberdeen was selec- 
ted as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened October 20, 1947. 

Charles L. Clampett represents Canada in South Dakota while D. C. 
Patmore is South Dakota's representative in Canada. 

TENNESSEE 

S. D. Shamblin— Grand High Priest. 

T. E. Doss — Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-69, Membership- 10, 120, Gain-1,028. 

The One Hundred and Nineteenth Annual Convocation held 
in Nashville January 26, 1948, with M. Ex. Comp. Shamblin presid- 
ing. 

After the ceremonial opening of Grand Chapter fifteen Past 
Grand High Priests were officially greeted. 

Tennessee's reputation for hospitality can be depended upon to 
ensure the attendance of a host of visitors. 

Among these we note delegations from the Grand Chapters of 
Florida, North Carolina and Georgia. Associate bodies also present 
in goodly numbers included Royal and Select Masters, Knights Tern- 



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plar, Scottish Rite and in the position of honor M. Wor. Bro. Jno. 
C. Crawford, Jr. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. 

The guests having been formally introduced were received with 
Grand Honors and seated in the East. 

A perusal of the Grand High Priest's address at once impresses 
the reader with the thought that it is an exceedingly well written 
report and in these days of lengthy and at times tiresome addresses 
we find M. Ex. Comp. Shamblin's refreshingly brief and to the point. 
In his opening remarks he refers to another outstanding year but he, 
also, sounds a note of warning that with an increasing membership 
there is, also, an increase in suspensions and he urges the chapters to 
make every effort to hold their membership. After a sympathetic 
reference to the Fraternal Dead, he lists his visitations and dispen- 
sations. These latter were few in number and of no particular im- 
portance to other than the chapters effected. 

It is with more than passing interest that we note that a new 
chapter was instituted while dispensations were granted for the for- 
mation of two additional chapters which clearly indicates that Royal 
Arch Masonry in Tennessee is active and growing. 

Among M. Ex. Comp. Shamblin's recommendations is one to 
compensate representatives in attendance at Grand Chapter by al- 
lowing eight cents per mile one way and a per diem of eight dollars. 

This very interesting address concludes with a glowing tribute 
to the Grand Secretary and other officers for their much appreciated 
co-operation and support. 

According to the Grand Treasurer's report all is well with Ten- 
nessee from a fiscal standpoint. Receipts far exceed expenditures 
with cash on hand of $13,912.00 and investments in Government 
Bonds of some $25,000.00 and total worth of $39,705.00. 

As usual Comp. Doss as Grand Secretary presents a business- 
like report of administrative matters. Dealing with membership he 
records 63 of the 09 chapters as reporting a net gain, while of this 
number 33 reported an increase of 10% or more. A splendid show- 
ing Tennessee accept our felicitations. 

A resolution was presented to donate $1000.00 to the fund for 
European relief but the Ways and Means Committee did not ap- 
prove of such action as it conflicts with the provisions of the con- 
stitution. 



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One of the features of the proceedings is a biographical sketch 
of the early rulers of Grand Chapter. This issue deals with four of 
the Past Grand High Priests and we found this interesting reading. 

M. Ex. Comp. J. I. Walker again writes the report on Correspon- 
dence and as usual it is a delight to this reviewer who thoroughly 
enjoys the masterly handling of this report by his opposite number 
in Tennessee. Comp. Walker is a veteran reviewer, this being his 
seventeenth report and for his benefit we have no hesitancy in say- 
ing that it ranks high among the Capitular Reviews that we have 
been privileged to read and study. From an eloquent and inspiring 
Foreword we extract the following: 

"What of Our Faith: An inspired writer of Biblical History, writing to 
a group, perhaps much smaller than ours, said of a few men "who through 
faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the 
mouths of lions, quenched raging fires, escaped the edge of the sword, won 
strength out of weakness, became mighty in war and put foreign armies to 
flight"— was there ever a time in the history of the world when men of faith 
were more needed as leaders than now." 

"The predominant trend of thought is that Capitular Masonry should 
recognize the challenge of the day, and that our membership, both individ- 
ually and collectively, should discharge our responsibilities to the cause of 
an equitable and lasting peace " 

As we turn to Canada we find that we have been most generous- 
ly and courteously reviewed. He quotes liberally from M . Ex. Comp. 
Conover's address, comments on our Benevolent work, and in referr- 
ing to our finances makes this terse comment— "Smart in business 
as well as in Masonry." 

To say that we appreciate his comments on our last review 
would be but a mild expression of our feelings. He gives space to a 
lengthy quotation from our Foreword and concludes with a friendly 
gesture which prompts this writer to suggest, that while we enjoy 
contact with friend Walker by long range, we sincerely trust that 
some day circumstances may be such that we can cement a growing 
friendship by personal contact. Many thanks for all the nice things 
you have said of Canada and this correspondent. 

John T. Stewart was elected and installed Grand High Priest 
while of course the estimable Thos. E. Doss continues as Grand 
Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 



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Canada is capably represented by R. K. Roney, Sr., while 
Charles Fotheringham carries the commission of Tennessee in 
Canada. 

TEXAS 

Jesse D. Cox— Grand High Priest. 

Frank Oldham— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-214, Membership-35,894, Gain-3,234. 

The Ninety-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Waco, Decem- 
ber 1st and 2nd, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Cox presiding. 

Grand Chapter was opened with due formality followed by the 
patriotic exercises. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests and forty-four Grand Repre- 
sentatives were received and officially greeted. 

Many honoured guests were ushered into the Chapter Room 
and introduced. These included delegations from the Grand Chap- 
ters of Oklahoma, Missouri and Iowa. Also represented were the 
Grand Council, Knights Templar; Red Cross of Constantine, the 
General Grand Chapter and the Grand Lodge of Texas. A most cor- 
dial reception was accorded these distinguished craftsmen, after 
which amid great applause the beloved veteran John J. Ray was 
received. He stated that this was his fiftieth visit to Grand Chapter. 
Companion Ray has far exceeded life's allotted span and is un- 
doubtedly the world's oldest active Mason. 

The address of the Grand High Priest while lengthy occupying 
47 pages in the proceedings is informative, inspiring and carries 
much reader interest. 

After a gracious welcome to all present, reference is made to the 
great advance made not only in membership but in interest and en- 
thusiasm. This latter statement was based on personal observation 
after travelling some 30,000 miles in the performance of his official 
duties. M. Ex. Comp. Cox made an eloquent reference to the Fra- 
ternal Dead after which he announced his many appointments and 
spoke of the constitution of seven new chapters, all of which were 
personally constituted by him. 

Dispensations were granted for four additional new chapters 
all of which clearly indicates that Royal Arch Masonry in Texas is 



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active, vigorous and virile. During the year many dispensations and 
decisions were sought and as these all dealt with purely routine mat- 
ters, no comment from this correspondent is deemed necessary. 

Visitations occupy many pages and are indicative of the time 
and energy which the Grand High Priest devoted to this important 
phase of his Masonic activities. 

As usual we are extremely interested in his report on the work 
being carried on in the "Aged Masons' Home." While this institu- 
tion which has been in existence for thirty-six years is owned and 
controlled by Grand Chapter, it is open to all Master Masons. The 
operating expense is estimated for the current year at $98,000.00, the 
total investment in this project being $1,219,949.00. May we sub- 
mit that if Grand Chapter did nothing else but sponsor and support 
this marvellous humanitarian work, it would furnish a definite an- 
swer to those croakers who critize Royal Arch Masonry as an organ- 
ization without an objective. Accept Canada's sincere applause, 
would that we could measure up to your standards in this regard. 

This splendid address concludes with a glowing tribute to the 
Grand Secretary, other officers and Past Grand High Priests for the 
co-operation and assistance rendered the Grand High Priest during 
his tenure of office. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer leaves little doubt in the 
readers mind as to the solvency of Grand Chapter. Cash in general 
fund $50,746.00 and a permanent fund of $52,888.00 with heavy in- 
vestments in Government Bonds provide the highlights of the report. 

The Grand Secretary's very comprehensive report also provides 
interesting reading from which we glean information to the effect 
that despite losses of 1625, the membership nevertheless was increas- 
ed by 3,234. 

Among the many resolutions approved was one to establish the 
minimum fee as $30.00. 

We find the address of the Grand Orator worthy of attention, 
not only is it a literary treat but it is most enlightening. From this 
address which gives evidence of serious preparation we quote these 
few words: — 

"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon con- 
stitutions, upon laws, and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, 
these are false hopes. Liberty and the hope of security lies in the hearts of 



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men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can 
do much to help it. While it lives there, it needs no constitution, no law, 
no court to save it." 



And now we turn to the outstanding feature of the proceedings 
of Texas, the report and reviews of the Fraternal Correspondent R. 
Lee Joiner. His Foreword as usual is eloquent and inspirational. 
From this literary epic we extract the following quotation: — 



"BUT GOD IS NOT DEAD. Nor has eternal life come to an end. The 
sprig of evergreen is fragrant with promise, the keystone has been placed in 
the arch, and the Word has not been lost, but awaits every sincere and rev- 
erent seeker. The Royal Secret is not beyond the conception of humanity, 
when man is worthy to receive it." 

Also we quote his words to the Companions of Texas— 



"To our beloved Companions of Texas we again extend our grateful 
thanks for every contact in life, and our most sincere wish that more light 
may come in your life as the years pass, so that when you enter the valley 
of the shadow it will be but for a fleeting moment to temper the rays of 
effulgent and refulgent splendor in that eternal Paradise which is beyond 
the conception of finite mind." 



And now we turn hopefully to our good friend's review of Can- 
ada only to find alas that Canada is among the missing. Disappoint- 
ing it is true, but we realize that no doubt our proceedings failed to 
reach Comp. Joiner in time for inclusion. No doubt, next year we 
may find a seat in the charmed circle of those under review. In the 
meantime, we extend sincere congratulations on the review as a 
whole. May we say that we consider the report of Texas as among 
the best and Comp. R. Lee Joiner as without a peer in a field of tal- 
ented and distinguished Masonic writers. 

Following the election of officers Curtis B. Hay was declared 
and installed Grand High Priest, while Frank Oldham as one would 
expect continues in the office of Grand Secretary. 

Canada is honored in having Temple Morrow as our Grand 
Representative. W. E. Gowling is the representative of Texas near 
our Grand Chapter. 



REVIEW'S 125 



UTAH 



Harold R. Waldo - Grand High Priest. 

Bert Atwater — Grand Secretary. 

Chapters — 6, Membership — 1213, Gain— 48. 

The Thirty-Sixth Annual Convocation held in Provo, June 11, 
1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Waldo in the chair. 

Grand Chapter having formally been opened, followed by the 
Invocation by the Grand Chaplain tendered a reception to ten Past 
Grand High Priests. 

As Grand Council had met in the morning of June 11th dis- 
tinguished guests had been welcomed under the auspices of the Roy- 
al and Select Masters, no further reception was accorded to them in 
Grand Chapter. Thirty Grand Representatives answered the roll- 
call and were officially greeted. We note with regret the absence of 
Canada's representative. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Waldo is most informative. He 
refers to it as a report on the events and experiences of the past year. 
He speaks with a degree of optimism that is indeed encouraging and 
referring to the great influx of candidates in the Craft Lodges sug- 
gests that this provides "a fertile and constantly enlarging field for 
Royal Arch Masonry." 

After paying tribute to those companions who had joined the 
Great Majority during the year, he listed his appointments, dispen- 
sations and visitations. The address closes with words of commend- 
ation for the support received from the various officers of Grand 
Chapter. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that all is well with 
Utah from a fiscal standpoint. Receipts in excess of disbursements 
and a net worth of $1,255.88 provide the high lights of the report. 

The Grand Secretary's report records a gain in membership 
which by the way established an increase in membership since 1942. 

The report on Necrology presented by R. Ex. Comp. John E. 
Carver is eloquently written. He uses this beautiful verse— 

"In the early mist of the morning 

If you open your window and listen, 
You will hear the feet of the wind that is going 

to call the sun. 
And the trees in the shadows rustle and the trees 

in the moonlight glisten, 
And though it is deep dark night 

You know that the night is done." 

and closes with these impressive words— 



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"So with life. The nearer we come to the turn in the road that will 
bring us all to the heavenly gate, the more we know that all the darkness 
and loneliness of life's age making years will so soon be completely done. 
Night changes to morning light and everlasting day." 

Bert Atwater writes the Capitular Review and while Canada 
failed to find recognition we must congratulate Comp. Atwater on 
a splendid review. From a very interesting Foreword we extract the 
following— 

"In the spirit of the season 

That comes once every year 
To Foreign Correspondents 

Of our Chapters far and near, 
Utah sends its greetings 

To show you that we care 
And help you feel more truly 

That Masonry's in the air." 

Following the election of officers Fred. E. Ray was declared 
Grand High Priest and duly installed into that high and important 
office. As to be expected Bert Atwater was again elected Grand Sec- 
retary. Ogden was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened in Salt Lake City, 
February 22, 1947. 

Herman L. Baner represents Canada in Utah while V. M. Hare 
is Utah's representative in Canada. 

VICTORIA 

J. Danglow — Grand Z. 

H. O. Thomas— Grand Scribe E., 

Chapters - 83, Membership - 6,949, Gain-522. 

Quarterly Convocations held in Melbourne in the months of 
January, April, July and October. 

Quarterly July 17, 1946, Rabbi J. Danglow presiding. Five Past 
Grand Z's and seventeen Grand Representatives were in attendance. 
From the Grand Z's inspiring address we extract the following from 
his remarks on world conditions of the future and the part that 
atomic energy may play should we be faced with another war: 

"Consequently, it is patently clear that the time has arrived for think- 
ing man-kind to choose once and for all between life and death, between 
peace and perdition, between the cosmos of moral advancement and the 
chaos of internecine and hopeless strife, between the search after God and 
Truth and the vain pursuit after misleading shadows." 



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After an eloquent tribute to the Fraternal Dead by the Grand 
Z. the report of the General Purpose Committee was considered. A 
charter was granted to a new chapter in Port Melbourne. After the 
usual administrative business had been disposed of Grand Chapter 
was closed in Ample, Antient and Solemn Form. 

Quarterly October 16, 1946, with M. Ex. Comp. R. P. Dick 
acting for the Grand Z. Four Past Grand Z's and nineteen Grand 
Representatives answered the roll-call. From a written communi- 
cation from M. Ex. Comp. Danglow we quote these prophetic words: 

"The present continuous social and industrial unrest, which is by no 
means limited to Australia, is an unhappy reflection of the general world- 
situation and a part of the inevitable aftermath of years of disintegrating 
and nerveracking warfare. 

It constitutes a stern challenge to all right-thinking people to work to- 
gether with ceaseless energy for the restoration of a stabilising moral and spir- 
itual outlook, for a broadened sense of human kinship and for a firm and 
fair solution of the manifold and pressing problems now besetting a still 
bewildered humanity." 

Special reference was made to the lamented death of M. Wor. 
Bro. and R. Ex. Comp. Frank E. Pettifer. The deceased brother 
was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Victoria at the time of his 
death. Of him the Grand Z. said: 

"He is deeply mourned and will be long and affectionately remembered 
by us all. We may feel assured that, in the Celestial Grand Chapter above, 
his honoured name has been divinely recorded in the Book of Eternal Life." 

From the report of the Committee of General Purposes we learn 
that petitions were granted for the formation of six new chapters. 
This clearly indicates that the Royal Craft in Victoria is making ex- 
ceptional progress in the right direction. Before the closing cere- 
monies M. Ex. Comp. Brigadier H. Bundock delivered an interest- 
ing address on his experiences in Freemasonry. 

Quarterly January 15th, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Dick again 
deputizing for M. Ex. Comp. Danglow. Four Past Grand Z's and 
twenty-three Grand Representatives attended this meeting. Absent 
on his first holiday for seven years the Grand Z. sent a communi- 
cation to be read at this Convocation. From his closing words refer- 
ring to the New Year we excerpt the following: 

"May it witness a wider and clearer recognition of the basic essentials 
of human happiness. May this Supreme Degree of Freemasonry, so rich 
in its spiritual potentialities, grow stronger with each succeeding year, and 
bring to its members that increased sense of humble dependence upon 
T.T.A.L.G.M.H., and that true and warm companionship which it is within 
the power of our beloved Order to foster and maintain." 



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M. Ex. Comp. Walter Kemp was nominated for the office of 
First Grand Principal and there being no further nominations M. 
Ex. Comp. Kemp was declared elected Grand Z. for the coming year. 
After dealing with routine reports Grand Chapter was formally 
closed. 



Quarterly April 16, 1947, with M. Ex. Comp. Danglow on the 
throne. Five Past Grand Z's and thirty Grand Representatives were 
present. 

From M. Ex. Comp. Danglow's address the following is of interest: 



"The lofty ideals and moral and spiritual principles inculcated by the 
Holy Royal Arch provide a realm of genuine aspiration and progressive 
achievement in which the members of our Illustrious Order can unitedly 
seek to speed the advent of that bettered world so fondly and wistfully en- 
visaged by all right-thinking people during the dark and stressful days of the 
recent Great War." 



Past Grand rank was conferred on a number of companions for 
meritorious service to the Royal Craft. 

The financial statement was received and adopted. Total assets 
are shown as approximately $28,000.00. 

Among the visitors at this. Convocation we note the Grand Mast- 
er of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria and the Grand Master of 
the United Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Victoria. These 
distinguished Craftsmen were received with the honor befitting their 
rank in the craft. 

The officers elected and appointed were then duly installed and 
invested by M. Ex. Comp. Dick a veteran in Masonry and at that 
time in his eightieth year. As already noted M. Ex. Comp. Walter 
Kemp assumed the office of First Grand Principal while R. Ex. 
Comp. H. O. Thomas was re-invested as Grand Scribe E. 

Victoria is well represented near our Grand Chapter by S. G. 
Newdick while Canada's representative in Victoria is Allan Grant. 



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VIRGINIA 

James N. Hillman— Grand High Priest. 
James N. Hillman— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-72, Membership- 1 4,711, Gain-892. 

The One Hundred and Fortieth Annual Convocation held in 
Richmond, October 28, 1947. 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, M. Ex. Comp. Hillman 
opened Grand Chapter in Solemn Form. 

Many distinguished visitors were in attendance, among those 
present we note delegations from the Grand Chapters of Nova 
Scotia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, South 
Carolina, North Carolina, Delaware, District of Columbia, Nevada 
and our own jurisdiction represented by M. Ex. Comp. Dean and R. 
Ex. Comp. Fred Smith. Associate bodies included Knights Templar 
and M. Wor. Bro. H. R. Stephenson, Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of Virginia. That all were warmly greeted and formally re- 
ceived goes without saying. Fourteen Past Grand High Priests and 
thirty-six Grand Representatives were fraternally welcomed. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Hillman is the product of a Mast- 
er Craftsman, it is eloquent, inspiring and bespeaks the cultured 
mind. From his introductory remarks we extract the following:— 

"Capitular Masonry is the beneficiary of a symbolism and a Masonic 
heritage for which no Companion need ever to make apology. They repre- 
sent an unfolding vista of those moral heights which men have 
attained through unswerving fidelity, unselfishness, service, and sacrificial 
abandonment to a cause. They present ever widening horizons of revealed 
Truth, and a fuller interpretation of those sublime lessons which are not 
completely explained in the Symbolic Lodge. They supply a somewhat 
more satisfying answer to those questions which intellectual curiosity finds 
incomplete, both in the expressed and in the symbolic teachings of the Mast- 
er's Degree. The Holy Royal Arch is that complement of the Master's De- 
gree which is most needed to satisfy the thoughtful student of Masonic cul- 
ture. Without the Royal Arch Degree, the Master's Degree,— beautiful in 
grandeur and sublime in content as it is,— remains somewhat like a beautiful 
dwelling with the gables unfinished." 

After an impressive reference to the Fraternal Dead, the Grand 
High Priest spoke most encouragingly of the future of Royal Arch 
Masonry and gave facts and figures covering the past year which 
clearly indicate that Virginia enjoyed twelve months of great success 
both financially and numerically. Speaking of the Turner Memorial 
Chapel, M. Ex. Comp. Hillman states that Craft Masonry has con- 
tributed .$39,385.00 toward this worthy project and on receipt of a 
letter from him to the various chapters the Royal Craft responded 



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nobly to his request for Capitular donations. His dispensations are 
set forth and contain nothing of unusual interest. Visitations are 
listed without the usual fulsome details. 

In thoughtful vein he speaks of world conditions under the cap- 
tion of "Liberty Or Liquidation" and his references to this timely 
subject commands our most serious respect and applause. We should 
like to quote this entire section but, alas, lack of space forbids. We, 
however, give you an abbreviated sample— 

"Is it to be one world of brotherhood, goodwill and co-operation for the 
benefit of all men, or is it to be two worlds, each at the other's throat, with 
the ultimate objective of complete domination, by force, of the one, and the 
final and complete annihilation of the other,— even at the expense of the ut- 
ter destruction of all the cultures, and all the worthwhile institutions which 
the centuries have produced." 

The Grand High Priest concludes a sterling address with words 
of appreciation for the treatment received during his tenure of office. 

A glance at the report of the Grand Treasurer conveys to the 
reader the thought that finances are decidedly sound, receipts well 
;n advance of expenses, bond investments of $13,000.00 and a bal- 
ance of $10,774.00 in the Hubard Memorial Loan Fund. In passing 
may we pay tribute to our Virginian companions for the splendid 
work they are carrying on through this Loan Fund. 

The report of the Grand Secretary also contains much of inte- 
rest, the highlight being a net gain of 892 in membership. It is also 
noteworthy that every chapter in the jurisdiction qualified to vote 
having paid their required dues to Grand Chapter. 

The addresses of the many visitors are of a high quality and 
provide interesting reading. From the address of M. Ex. Comp. 
Weeks of Pennsylvania we quote these lines from Henry Van Dyke— 

"Making friends, like making wine, 
Time will mellow and rciine. 
At the last old friends must die, 
New friends must their place supply. 
So cherish friendship in your breast, 
New is good, but old is best. 
So make new friends, but keep the old, 
They are silver, these are gold." 

E. Fenno Heath again writes the Capitular Review and well up 
to his established high standard it is. We quote from his entertain- 
ing Foreword the following to which we add a fervent Amen.— 

"As we survey the world scene, at the moment, we could easily yield to 
a feeling of pessimism, if so inclined, but that being foreign to our nature, 
we feel sure the occasional openings in the dark clouds of cynicism, which 
surround the view point of numerous prognosticators, are indications of a 
silver lining far more extensive than many are willing to admit. "Rome was 



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not built in a day," and world peace cannot be attained within the narrow 
limits of a few years; rather the process of achieving that end must be a con- 
tinual, never ending struggle to overcome conceptions which are adverse to 
realizing the goal of "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men." 

We turn with avidity to the review of Canada and are in no way 
disappointed. Our opposite number gives full coverage to our 1946 
Convocation. He greets R. Ex. Comp. Fred Smith in friendly fash- 
ion and refers to his visits as Grand Representative of Virginia. Our 
Grand Z's address is liberally quoted and reference made to our var- 
ious activities, he even finds space to comment on our failure to in- 
clude Virginia in our last review and then proceeds to quote gener- 
ously from our Foreword. For all of which we tender sincere thanks. 

Following the election of officers Daniel P. Sigourney was in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. James Noah Hillman was elected 
Grand Secretary. We may be somewhat confused, but, from the pro- 
ceedings before us we are of the opinion that M. Ex. Comp. Hillman 
has been playing a dual role that of Grand High Priest and Grand 
Secretary. If this be correct then our plaudits of praise go forth to 
one who so generously devotes his time and talents in the interests 
of Royal Arch Masonry. 

The Order of High Priesthood met at the conclusion of Grand 
Chapter. 

Canada is faithfully represented in Virignia by F. L. Grimstead 
while as already noted the one and only Fred G. Smith most capably 
represents Virginia near our Grand Chapter. 

WASHINGTON 

Virgil E. Davin — Grand High Priest. 

Walter H. Steffey — Grand Secretary. 

Chapters — 50, Membership — 8423, Gain — 447. 

The Sixty-Fourth Annual Convocation held in Bellingham, May 
13, 1948. The Grand High Priest declared Grand Chapter open in 
Ample Form after which the Grand Chaplain delivered the Invo- 
cation. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests and thirty-two Grand Represent- 
atives were formally received and welcomed. It is noted that Can- 
ada's representative was not among those present. 

Many honored guests were present and received a warm frater- 
nal greeting. Among these distinguished visitors we note a strong 
delegation from the Grand Chapter of British Columbia headed by 
the Grand Second Principal. Montana was also represented as also 



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was General Grand Chapter and the Grand Council of Royal and 
Select Masters. 

The report or address of M. Ex. Comp. Davin follows a new 
pattern. He stated that he was deviating from the traditional form 
and was recording only factors and incidents pertaining to the inte- 
rests of Grand Chapter and the constituent chapters. From his open- 
ing remarks we extract a few words on his general impression of con- 
ditions throughout the jurisdiction: 

"The general impression received through my visitations suggests that 
all Chapters, with perhaps the exception of one or two, are being well man- 
aged. The Companionship distinguishing Royal Arch Masonry prevails in 
every Chapter. Attendance is varied. The percentage of attendance in the 
smaller Chapters is greater than that of the larger Chapters, and in some 
cases the smaller Chapters boast a greater turnout at their regular convo- 
cations than the larger. However, interest is high in both large and small 
Chapters." 

Visitations were covered in detail as also were his official acts. 
Among the latter it is interesting to note that dispensations were 
granted for the formation of two new chapters. Many dispensations 
covering administrative matters were sought and apparently with- 
out exception granted. After a reference to appointments of a num- 
ber of Grand Representatives, the Grand High Priest listed his 
recommendations, but as these dealt with purely local matters a 
comment by this correspondent would be out of place. The report 
closes with a friendly reference to the pleasure that was his during 
his term of office. 

Reports of the District Deputies of the Grand High Priest 
follow and are similar in make-up to our Grand Superintendents' 
reports. 

The Grand Treasurer reported receipts of $7645.00, expenses 
$£6726.00, cash on hand $9716.00 and investments totalling $800.00. 

The report of the Grand Secretary proves to be a business-like 
document covering all phases of administration, the high-light of 
which is the reference to a net gain of 447 despite losses of 335 
through death and other causes. 

We cannot refrain from a brief comment on the address of 
Grand Orator C. M. Ward. It was a literary treat indeed an epic 
and of great historical value. He carried his audience down through 
the years from the days of Masonic distrust due to the Morgan 
incident and through the years that followed to finally reach what 
he aptly calls the atomic age. Let us quote briefly: 



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"One age has ended; and another has just begun, the meaning of 
which we can only guess. No one can unveil the future, no one can see 
what lies ahead, no one can even outline the shape and pattern of things 
to come. The Great Architect alone knows what lies beyond the horizon. 
For centuries, man from the Stone Age to the Atomic Age has stumbled 
forward without ever pausing to sit down to deliberately plan his advance 
or to chart the course ahead; and yet he has made stupendous progress." 

"And now we must pause to plan for the civilization which is to be 
ours in years to come, building on the ground and tried values of the past 
a new and better world; and, as the Great Architect above, from day to 
day and from year to year, slowly unfolds the designs on his trestle board 
for the ever-rising and ever-growing temple of civilization, let us labor so 
that the work which we shall have wrought and added to that temple be 
like that described in the lines by John Ruskin: 'When we build let us think 
that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present 
use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and 
let us think as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those 
stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and 
that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of 
them, 'See,' this our fathers did for us'." 

Among the resolutions adopted we find one which permits an 
officer to either read or deliver from memory the charge in each 
degree. In Canada all work must be delivered from memory. The 
reading of any portion of the work is not permitted. 

Past Grand High Priest Ralph P. Mulvane presented the report 
on Fraternal Correspondence. From his brief Foreword the 
following: 

"I have enjoyed the work of Fraternal Correspondent and wish that 
I might continue as such, but literary demands require that I give more 
attention to that field. It has been a source of regret to me that our 
reviews have had to be so very, very brief, and I am grateful to the reviewers 
of other grand jurisdictions for their kindly comments and tolerance." 

As the reviewer has intimated his reviews of other jurisdictions 
are in abridged form. While Canada is accorded but four lines we 
nevertheless appreciate the friendly sentiment behind the review. 
We quote the review in its entirety: 

"Canada— Dispensation issued to consider petition from a man who lost 
his right arm in World War I. Gain 536. Washington not represented. Nice 
review given Washington and this reviewer regrets lack of space to comment 
on the sincere work of the Canada jurisdiction." 

Harry J. Ahlers was elected and installed Grand High Priest, 
Walter H. Steffey remains Grand Secretary and Seattle was selected 
as the next place of meeting. 

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Canada's representative in Washington is Andrew E. Solberg. 
Owing to the lamented death of H. A. Miller it is noted that our 
Grand Treasurer Dr. W. G. Price assumes the commission of 
Washington in Canada. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

Dr. J. L. Rossiter— Grand Z. 

A. W. B. Gleadell-Deputy Grand Z. 

H. C. Anderson— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-46, Membership- 1,790, Gain-160. 

The Forty-fourth Annual Grand Convocation was held in 
Perth on October 28th, 1948. This information has been made 
possible through the action of our Grand Representative in 
Western Australia, R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Berry, who forwarded the 
complete account of the Proceedings on that occasion by air mail. 
To him your Reviewer is most grateful. 

The various reports show the Grand Chapter of Western 
Australia is prosperous indeed and is promoting the cause of Royal 
Arch Masonry most vigorously. During the two years which have 
passed since the period covered by our last Review, no fewer than 
nine new Chapters have been instituted and consecrated, five of 
them during 1947, and four during the year just ended, truly a 
remarkable showing. The last five years have shown an increase in 
membership of 50%. 

With the Grand Convocation of October 28th, Most Ex. Comp. 
Dr. J. L. Rossiter completed five years as Grand First Principal, 
and was unanimously re-elected for another year. In his address, 
Dr. Rossiter thanked the Companions for their confidence in him, 
and asked for their continued support during the coming year, as 
he was fully aware of his great responsibilities. He asked all present 
to play their parts as members of a distinguished Order, and to 
establish the ideas and principles taught them in Masonry. The 
following is a quotation from his address.— 

"Two thousand years ago a simple man on the shores of Galilee saw 
men loading nets and He said to them 'Follow me, I will make you fishers 
of men', and they straightway left their nets. What was the secret behind 
that movement? It was not wealth nor social status, for the Son of Man had 
no place to lay His head. It was not riches— His riches were the riches of 
heart, and His social teaching was Brotherhood. He was the embodiment 



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of Living Truth. His music was the Song of Angels— Peace on Earth, Good- 
will towards men. He was the Light of Truth in a darkening age. In these 
dark days our light should so shine before men that they may see our 
good works and glorify our Father in Heaven— not by preaching, but by 
practice; not in the power of words, but in our manner of living." 

Most Excellent Companion Dr. Rossiter is planning to visit 
Great Britain, Canada and the United States during 1949, and our 
Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, has already- 
forwarded him an invitation to be the guest of Grand Chapter at 
our Grand Convocation next April. It is to be hoped that nothing 
intervenes to prevent the fulfilment of his plans. 

The Roll of Grand Representatives was called and was 
answered by 64 out of a possible 66 Representatives. V.Em. Comp. 
J. E. V. Murdoch, representing the Grand Chapter of Delaware, 
answered on behalf of the Grand Representatives, and extended 
congratulations to Most Excellent Companion Rossiter on being 
again elected to guide Grand Chapter, and to Grand Chapter for a 
very excellent year's work. 

It will be interesting to the Companions of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada to know that the Cryptic Degrees are worked under the 
authority of the Supreme Royal Arch Chapter of Western Australia, 
there being no separate Council controlling these Degrees. They 
are conferred by Grand Chapter Officers on Installed First Princi- 
pals, and regular times are set aside for the conferring of these De- 
grees. 

Our Representative near the Grand Chapter of Western Australia 
is R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Berry, who has done yeoman's service during 
many years, and who last year was honoured by his Grand First Prin- 
cipal by being appointed an Honorary Grand Third Principal. Our 
best wishes are extended that these Honours, so justly earned, may 
be enjoyed for many years to come. R. Ex. Comp. Berry has not en- 
joyed good health during the past year, but he has not failed in his 
duty to this Grand Chapter, and his efforts are greatly appreciated. 

The Representative of Western Australia near this Grand Chap- 
ter is R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Shaw of Hamilton. 



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WEST VIRGINIA 

Uriah Vermillion— Grand High Priest. 

W.H.S. White— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-45, Membership-9,017, Gain-428. 

The Seventy-Seventh Annual Convocation held in Charleston, 
October 13, 1947 under the direction of Grand High Priest 
Vermillion. 

Following an impressive ceremonial, Grand Chapter was de- 
clared duly open after which visitors were formally introduced. 
These included delegations from the Grand Chapters of Ohio and 
Virgina. Also, present was Gilbert E. Griffin, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of West Virignia. After a hearty reception the dis- 
tinguished guests were accorded Grand Honors. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests and forty-five Grand Repre- 
sentatives were present and cordially welcomed. 

M. Ex. Comp. Vermillion establishes something of a record for 
the brevity of his annual address. Despite the fact that but four 
pages are required to record the address the Grand High Priest 
nevertheless covered much territory in a very limited space. 

After a few well chosen words of welcome to all present, re- 
ference is made to the Fraternal Dead. The loss for the year was 
146 companions. The Grand Chaplain offered a prayer and paid 
tribute to their memory. 

Dispensations were decidedly few in number, four to be exact 
and of these none covered unusual matters. After listing appoint- 
ments to the Corps of Grand Representatives M. Ex. Comp. 
Vermillion brings to a close a short but interesting address. 

The report of Grand Secretary White is quite illuminative. 
Among other matters to which he refers we find a comment on 
the health of Grand Secretary Emeritus George M. Ford. We are 
indeed happy to learn that this staid old veteran is still active and 
enjoying life. 

From the report of the Grand Treasurer we learn that receipts 
were $6,988.00, expenses $7,516.00 with a total assets of $10,851.00. 

In reviewing West Virginia one is impressed by the fact that the 
chairmen of the various committees have followed the lead of the 



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Grand High Priest in that brevity characterizes each report. 

From a short but eloquent report on Necrology we extract 
these poetic lines— 

"That Life is ever Lord of Death 

And Love can never lose its own. 

We do not sigh when golden skies have donned 

The purple shadows and the gray of night. 

Because we know the morning lies beyond, 

And we must wait a little while for light. 

So when grown weary with the care and strife, 

Our loved ones find in sleep the peace they crave, 

We should not weep, but learn to count this life 

A prelude to the one beyond the grave." 

We rather enjoyed reading the Report on Foreign Correspon- 
dence and quote their plaint anent the dereliction of other Grand 
Jurisdictions in not giving space to West Virgina. 

"In too many reports, we noted a complete absence of any mention of 
West Virginia in the reviews of the Correspondents. Being touchy, we 
wrote a good many Grand Secretaries, quoting Samuel Goldwyn, 'that we 
were very sorry to hear them keeping still' about West Virginia in their 
Reviews. We are fraternally hurt and humiliated. Many said they would 
'get us next time.' Well, the invitation is hereby extended to them all who 
omitted us this year." 

We plead guilty to omitting West Virginia from our reviews 
only when their proceedings do not reach us in time for inclusion. 
We make a practice of reviewing every book of proceedings which 
comes to hand. And now in the same friendly manner what has the 
committee to say to the charge, that they do not publish reviews. 
As a result they are responsible for a definite break in the golden 
cord' that binds together the Capitular Craft of many states and 
countries. Seriously speaking we have as usual enjoyed our long 
range visit with our friends of West Virgina and trust that one of 
these days that they too will adopt the practice of printing Reviews 
of Sister Jurisdictions. 

Following the election of officers Guy T. Mackey was declared 
and installed Grand High Priest. No change in the office of Grand 
Secretary in which W. H. S. White is doing a very fine job. 

Canada's representative in West Virginia is W. H. Cramblett 
while Harry J. McCallum of London is West Virginia's represent- 
ative in Canada. 



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WISCONSIN 

Edward S. Dodge— Grand High Priest. 

Ward A. Rowbottom— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 101, Membership— 17,091, Gain— 445. 

Ninety-Seventh Annual Convocation held in Madison May 
6, 1947. 

After an organ recital by the Grand Organist, M. Ex. Comp. 
Dodge opened Grand Chapter in full form followed by the In- 
vocation by the Grand Chaplain. 

Distinguished guests included outstanding craftsmen from 
Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and General Grand 
Chapter. Associate bodies, also, were well represented including the 
M. Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. 
All were received with honors befitting to their rank in Masonry. 
Sixteen Past Grand High Priests of Wisconsin and forty-seven 
Grand Representatives were in attendance, Canada being ably 
represented by Oscar E. Peterson. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Dodge is clearly stamped with 
the hall-mark of that quality of culture and scholarly attainment 
which we have grown to expect from the rulers of Wisconsin. 

After a warm fraternal greeting to visitors and delegates present 

he referred feelingly to the passing of 358 companions paying this 

tribute to their memory. 

"Though their mortal remains rest peacefully after their labors, still 
we know that the Divine Essence, the soul, is immortal and will never be 
destroyed.'' 

Among the appointments listed we note that Oscar E. Peterson 
replaces Elmer S. Owens as Canada's representative in Wisconsin. 
We take this opportunity of acknowledging the selection of Comp. 
Peterson and welcome him as our Ambassador of Good-will. In an 
effort to ascertain the consensus of opinion as to the wisdom of 
requiring a lapse of time between the conferring of the Master 
Mason's Degree and the making of an application to a Royal Arch 
Chapter, M. Ex. Comp. Dodge sent out a questionnaire to the 
subordinate chapters. The returns clearly indicate that the great 
majority favour no waiting period. 

Dispensations are fully covered in the address many of these 
being to waive the limit of six candidates for obligating in the 
M. E. M. degree. It is noted that this was desirable as some candi- 
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Reference is made to the resignation of Grand Secretary William 
F. Weiler and the appointment of Ward A. Rowbottom as his 
successor. That the Grand High Priest was most active during his 
year is clearly indicated by the report of his visitations, these totalled 
one hundred and twenty-two. 

The per capita tax in Wisconsin was raised last year to $1.00 
but this was for a specific purpose and this having been accom- 
plished, the Grand High Priest recommends a reduction to 80c per 
member. A further recommendation deals with the appointment of 
a special committee to arrange for the celebration of Grand 
Chapter's one hundredth birthday. 

From the concluding lines of this magnificent address we 
extract the following— 

"The serious problems of the world today are such as to quicken the 
thinking of every Mason. Masonry, like our Religion, remains unchanged, 
whereas the world about it is being reshaped. All the ills of Pandora's box 
are loosed on the world today. Hatred, envy, greed, lust of power, im- 
morality, licentious living and all those unmasonic evils threaten the goal 
of the Brotherhood of Man, that we, as Masons, desire to achieve. The 
world needs a spiritual revival." 

M. Ex. Comp. Dodge brings his address to a close by quoting 
Longfellows immortal poem "A Psalm of Life," two verses of 
which we also quote— 

"Trust no Future howe'er pleasant! 

Let the dead Past bury its dead! 
Act,— act in the living present! 

Heart within, and God o'erhead! 

"Let us, then, be up and doing, 

With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving, still pursuing, 

Learn to labor and to wait." 

A resolution was presented to Grand Chapter to make the 
jurisdiction of constituent chapters concurrent throughout the 
state. This resolution was defeated. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicates that Wisconsin 
enjoys a strong fiscal position with receipts in excess of disbursements 
and a cash balance of $13,048.40 while investments total $12,700.00. 

From a beautiful report on Obituaries we select these lines— 



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"Now is the stately column broke, 
The beacon fire is quenched in smoke, 
The trumpet's silver sound is still, 
The warder silent on the hill." 



"Masonry generally of every land, and every clime, refuses to believe 
that this world is a blind alley, and hence the strong consolation, the purest 
comfort is in our Father's promise that "He will not leave man's soul in the 
grave, and that He will not permit His precious ones to see destruction." 

Grand Chapter donated the sum of $250.00 to the General 
Grand Chapter to be used in alleviating distress among the Masons 
of the Philippines and China. 

The report on Correspondence was prepared by William F. 
Weiler and from a splendid Foreword the following is worthy of 
note— 



"As in former reviews, I want to re-emphasize the importance and 
necessity of a firm adherence to our landmarks, particularly Mackey's 
second landmark. Capitular Masonry is an essential part, the capstone, of 
Symbolic or Ancient Craft Masonry. 'Ancient Craft Masonry consists of the 
three degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason, 
including the Holy Royal Arch." 

Canada is favourably reviewed with extracts from our Grand 
Z's 1946 address and note and comment on our various activities. 
Comp. Weiler comments on the fact that Wisconsin was omitted 
from our 1946 reviews, but while we plead guilty we must say in 
defence that this was due entirely to failure to receive Wisconsin's 
proceedings in time for inclusion. We trust that we are now 
restored to favour as we have given a full review in 1947 and again 
in 1948. Thanks Comp. Weiler for your kind references. 

Following the election of officers Carl F. Harpke was installed 
as Grand High Priest and as already noted Ward A. Rowbottom 
again assumes the office of Grand Secretary. 

The annual convention of the Order of High Priesthood was 
held May 6, 1947. 

Wisconsin is represented in Canada by J. W. Woodland while 
Oscar E. Peterson is our representative in Wisconsin. 



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WYOMING 

Richard S. Webster— Grand High Priest. 
Forest G. Wheeler— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-19, Membership-2064, Gain-179. 

The Thirty-Ninth Annual Convocation held in Rock Springs 
July 15, 1947. Grand Chapter was formally opened by M. Ex. Comp. 
Webster followed by prayer by the Acting Grand Chaplain. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance while 
twenty-six Grand Representatives answered the roll-call. Visitors 
from the Grand Chapters of South Dakota, Ohio, Colorado and 
Nebraska were extended a warm fraternal welcome as, also, were 
representatives of the Knights Templar. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Webster makes interesting read- 
ing and contains a survey of the year's activities. After greeting 
those present and referring to general conditions throughout the 
jurisdiction he used these words: 

"We are in hopes that in the near future that we will get down to the 
ground level, where we will be able to live, and again adjust ourselves to 
construction, and not to destruction." 

Visitations are fully detailed and clearly indicate that the 
Grand High Priest was most assiduous in the performance of this 
important duty. Reference is made to the granting of a dispensation 
for the formation of a new chapter which he states is making fine 
progress. Among the Grand High Priest's recommendations is one 
to change the date of meeting to avoid holding Grand Chapter 
during the tourist season. 

After a sincere tribute to the assistance and co-operation of 
the officers of Grand Chapter and others M. Ex. Comp. Webster 
closes a very fine address. 

From the report of the Grand Treasurer we learn that receipts 
totalled $1,982.00 with disbursements of $1,560.00 and total assets 
of $9,383.37. 

The report of the Grand Secretary is quite comprehensive and 
covers all phases of administration, the outstanding feature being 
a substantial increase in membership. Six of the nineteen chapters 



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qualified for Certificates of Award having shown an increase of 
10% or better. 

From the report on Necrology we extract these words: 

"The Bible is the text book of faith. It is not enough to own it and 
display it. Not even reading it suffices. We must study it as we have studied 
no other book, for within that volume lies the answer to the mystery of 
mysteries." 

The Committee on Grievances and Appeals were in the happy 
position of reporting that nothing was referred to the committee 
and "peace and harmony prevail." 

The proceedings of Wyoming contain no report on Fraternal 
Correspondence much to our regret. 

Following the election of officers Albert D. Walton was de- 
clared and installed as Grand High Priest. No reference is made to 
the Grand Secretary and we therefore assume he continues in office. 

Cody was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened December 4th. 

The commission of the Grand Representative of Canada 
appears to be open at this writing. Wyoming's representative in 
Canada is Robert Clark of Hamilton, Ontario. 



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